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- n. a man employed in a public house to collect empty pots or glasses; a waiter in a similar establishment
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pot companion.
- n. A servant in a public house; a potboy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pot-companion.
- n. Same as pot-boy.
- n. The workman who ladles the lead crystals into the pots in the Pattinson process.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a worker in an inn or public house who serves customers and does various chores
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He was equally unsuccessful with the potman who was just unlocking the doors of the public-house by Horsell Bridge.
It was visiting time when Wemmick took me in, and a potman was going his rounds with beer; and the prisoners, behind bars in yards, were buying beer, and talking to friends; and a frowzy, ugly, disorderly, depressing scene it was.
BrotherThomaskept him on as potman, collecting the glasses, doing a bit of sweeping up, and let him sleep somewhere on the premises once the place was closed.
And go on following his traces wherever he's been since that time, and picking the brains of every innkeeper or potman or village customer who's had to deal with him.
"Aldwin?" said the potman, willing enough to talk about so sensational a tragedy.
The tavern emptied, except for two drovers who snored cheerfully by the dying fire and the potman who made his bed under the serving hatch.
He hadn't been at it five minutes before a fiery, red-headed little potman had knocked him head over heels in the gutter and told him to go away.
The potman, he informed me, would bring it out to him.
The services of the obliging potman were gratuitous.
Mr. Wyvis, or Mr. Wyvis Brand, as you are generally known, would have been the eldest -- probably by this time a potman or a pugilist, with a share in your grandfather's public-house at Roxby.