from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A house or tavern where water is obtained for cab-horses, etc. Compare waterman, 2.
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The coachman himself is in the watering-house; and the waterman, with his hands forced into his pockets as far as they can possibly go, is dancing the 'double shuffle,' in front of the pump, to keep his feet warm.