from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A rather large deep plate used for serving soup.


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  • China soup-plate, perforated and strung on coconut sennit, suspended from about his neck so that it rested flat on his chest and half-concealed the generous swell of muscles.


  • No man of Malaita he had ever heard of possessed an unbroken soup-plate.


  • Nor was he any more ridiculous because of the soup-plate than was he ludicrous because of his nakedness.


  • My next neighbour has frequently risen from his seat after a substantial and varied dinner while I was sending away my soup-plate.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • Tears falling into her soup-plate were her only reply.


  • Tears falling into her soup-plate were her only reply.

    A Legend of the Rhine

  • Rosalba, who, mounting higher and higher, wraps herself about in sacking, and then, with a look of indifference and satiety as if she had renounced and suffered and dedicated herself to some insane act of defiance for no pleasure of her own, dives into the Channel and brings up a twopenny-halfpenny soup-plate between her teeth.

    The Common Reader, Second Series

  • His brother-in-law said nothing, but made a most eloquent grimace as he turned his face towards his soup-plate.

    The Small House at Allington

  • A fairly common one is a huge anemone of a rich cobalt blue which opens out like a soup-plate with convoluted edges.

    My Tropic Isle

  • The equipment is as Flashman describes it; the _schlager_ itself was three-and-a-half feet long, with an unusually large guard ( "the soup-plate of honour").

    Royal Flash


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