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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a parting cup taken after mounting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cup of wine or other liquor presented to a rider when mounted and about to take his departure; a parting-cup.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a farewell drink (especially one offered to a horseman ready to depart); usually alcoholic

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  • First drink of the day at a hunt meet, usually port or brandy. Served not by the hunt servants but by the house staff (e.g. butler or footman) of whoever is hosting the lawner.

    Can also refer to the vessel in which the drink is served. It is of a distinctive shape, without handle or foot, designed to be clasped in one gloved hand whilst the other controls the mount. The cup is often in the shape of the quarry, the fox, but may also represent any hunted animal, game or vermin, or the hound.

    December 23, 2008

  • First drink of the day at a hunt meet, usually port or brandy. Served not by the hunt servants but by the house staff (e.g. butler or footman) of whoever is hosting the lawner.

    Can also refer to the vessel in which the drink is served. It is of a distinctive shape, without handle or foot, designed to be clasped in one gloved hand whilst the other controls the mount. The cup is often in the shape of the quarry, the fox, but may also represent any hunted animal, game or vermin, or the hound.

    December 23, 2008

  • "In my dreams I am always saying goodbye and riding away,
    Whither and why I know not nor do I care.
    And the parting is sweet and the parting over is sweeter,
    And sweetest of all is the night and the rushing air.

    In my dreams they are always waving their hands and saying goodbye,
    And they give me the stirrup cup and I smile as I drink,
    I am glad the journey is set, I am glad I am going,
    I am glad, I am glad, that my friends don't know what I think."

    - Stevie Smith, In My Dreams.

    January 10, 2008

  • I am going to administer myself a stirrup cup immediately, before I depart for the bar.

    November 8, 2007

  • Final drink, pressed upon a guest who is about to depart: "one for the road". Also known as a deoch-an-dorais, from the Gaelic: "drink at the door".

    November 8, 2007