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  • n. Plural form of hogshead.


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  • It was a scene of constant hubbub: smiths and sailmakers toiling in their shops, captains and mates hollering after jack-tar seamen, stevedores and draymen wrestling the great wooden barrels called hogsheads used to ship the staples of trade—flour or sugar, wine or rum.

    Robert Morris

  • Here and there around the jetties he saw the huge barrels known as hogsheads, used for transporting tobacco: he had watched them being unloaded in the port of London, and it now struck him as remarkable that every one had survived the hazardous and violent transatlantic voyage to get there from here.

    A Place Called Freedom

  • My sleep was often a torment to me, for it was then that my desires took licence to rove, so that a thousand times I dreamed myself possessed of hogsheads of tobacco -- ay, and of warehouses of tobacco, and of shiploads and of entire plantations of tobacco.

    Chapter 19

  • The three companions strolled onward through the wonderland of strange goods—silken scarves, pewter chalices, clockwork toys, rundlets and hogsheads of ale, sheaves of spice, parchment, linens, fish, nails.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • Cut glass and china to the amount of several thousand dollars had been broken in the struggle to get the refreshments, punch and other articles had been carried out in tubs and buckets, but had it been in hogsheads it would have been insufficient, ice-creams, and cake and lemonade, for 20,000 people, for it is said that number were there, tho 'I think the number exaggerated.

    White House Gate Crashing, From Andrew Jackson To Grace Slick

  • There were bands for music, cannon firing, bells ringing, and, finally, a huge feast with three pipes of wine, two huge hogsheads of punch, bread, cheese, and more at Faneuil Hall.


  • On a routine customs check, Dudingston and his eight-gun ship, the HMS Gaspee, seized twelve hogsheads of rum.

    The King's Best Highway

  • The wine underwent another primary fermentation and was pressed and racked to barriques, hogsheads and puncheons where it underwent another malolactic fermentation.

    The New York Cork Report:

  • Dozens of pigs were roasted for those less vegetarian than the Alcotts, and hogsheads of cider prepared.

    Louisa May Alcott

  • Aside from the sheer size of the commercial operation involved—Morris and Alexander would be buying millions of pounds of leaf, packing it in tens of thousands of hogsheads, and sending as many as thirty ships a year to France—Morris was faced with two major tasks if the contract was to be accomplished.

    Robert Morris


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