- 1A rounded or cylindrical container, typically of metal, used for cooking: pots and pans hung from a rackMore example sentences
- She could understand why they would need cooking pots and pans, rope, blankets, even the sword he had taken with him.
- These paste attributes suggest the multipurpose nature of these vessel forms, used as cooking pots and containers.
- It had fired jugs, pans, cooking pots and roofing tiles in the 14th century, and similar wares have been found on excavations locally and in adjacent counties.
- 1.1 [usually with modifier or in combination] Any of various containers made for a particular purpose, especially one used for storage: a yogurt pot a coffee potMore example sentences
- Her house is a small thatched cubby-hole with an empty grain storage pot.
- Mr Ogogo also demonstrated traditional coil pot design, sculptural techniques and how to design and make traditional jewellery.
- At the Kittling Ridge Estate there are guided tours of the winery and distillery, with its vast fermentation cellars, copper pots and oak barrels.
- 1.2A container for holding drink, especially beer.More example sentences
- Some of us probably get through several pots of the drink.
- Secondly, the beer came in plastic pots, so I was gone if I got into a fight with the bouncers.
- Here you'll sit at long communal tables while waitresses in Bavarian costume serve foaming pots of beer.
- 1.3The contents of a pot: a pot of coffeeMore example sentences
- I used to think that absolutely nothing could provide contentment equal to a pot of coffee and a four-pound Sunday newspaper.
- A pot of tea for Ann and sparkling mineral water for me completed our snack at £8.15.
- Especially if you accompany it with a pot of Chinese tea - great for the digestion and known to lower cholesterol levels - rather than the usual pint of lager.
- 2 (the pot) The total sum of the bets made on a round in poker, brag, etc.: Jim raked in half the potMore example sentences
- Operators would rather rake the pot than charge per hand, because they can take out more money.
- The winner of the pot in the poker stage begins the play by leading a card face up in front of them.
- I decided to just call so as to keep as many as possible in the pot.
- 2.1All the money contributed by a group of people for a particular purpose: in insurance, everybody puts money into the pot used to pay claimsMore example sentences
- The councillor said she understood there needed to be money in the pot for works but the fees charged in rural areas were too high for people.
- If it doesn't look like there'll be enough money in the pot to finance pension commitments, it's the employer who has to top it up.
- Mr Greenwood said putting the whole strategy into action would cost £40,000 and it was hoped Cumbria County Council would put some money into the pot.
- 3 • informal A prize in a sporting contest, especially a silver cup.More example sentences
- The BU Terriers are the Yankees of the tournament, having seized the silver pot 24 times.
- The day passed quickly, filled with scary word puzzles and history trivia games with Jolly Rancher prize pots.
- Il Capitano finished top of his heat having accumulated all the low-denomination chips, meaning that he had won a great many small pots uncontested.
- 4 • informal A pot belly: men pat their pots proudly and talk of how they must have got through a few skinfulsMore example sentences
- As I explained to Shawn, I feel a great amount of back fat, and the lower-slung jeans that I wear make the pot that is my belly especially obvious to me.
- It's also a very good pattern for anyone who has a bit of a pot, because the crossgrain hangs down straight, and totally diminishes a pot.
- 5 • informal An engine cylinder.More example sentences
- They've squeezed a very creditable 192 bhp from the four pot, 16 valve motor.
- She is of fibreglass construction, powered by a Caterpillar engine and has a pot and net hauler.
- 6 Billiards & Snooker A shot in which a player strikes a ball into a pocket: he put together a 36 clearance to blue which was full of difficult potsMore example sentences
- Attempting to position the cue ball for a pot on the black to a centre pocket, he experienced an unusually excessive bounce off the top cushion which took the white way past its intended spot.
- He fought back to take a nervous 14th frame with both players missing straightforward pots as the tension mounted.
- The tournament favourite raised a finger to a pocket after missing a difficult pot during his 10-6 success.
verb (pots, potting, potted)[with object] Back to top
- 1Plant in a flowerpot: pot individual cuttings as soon as you see new young leavesMore example sentences
- Schizanthus are very slow to germinate, so it's best to purchase plants that are already potted from your garden center.
- Similarly, other potted flowering plants, including anthuriums and bromeliads, are becoming important.
- When potting or planting, care must be taken to avoid damaging them.
- 1.1 (pot something on) Transplant a plant from a small flowerpot to a larger one.More example sentences
- I give the young seedlings some winter protection in a frame and leave them in the seed pot until spring when they can be potted on.
- As slugs are a problem in my garden, I will pot my seedlings on and put them out when they are bigger.
- Take cuttings of hydrangeas; they root best if inserted singly in small pots, this minimises root disturbance when they are potted on.
- 1.2 (pot something up) Transplant a seedling into a flowerpot.More example sentences
- I've potted it up with some marigold seedlings in a really big pot and hopefully in a few weeks time it will grow me lots of lovely peppers.
- Various factors will determine how long it takes before a potted bulb will bloom, but an important factor is the time of year that the bulb is potted up.
- They germinated well, and in the autumn the little plants were potted up, and placed in the greenhouse for the winter.
- 2Preserve (food, especially meat or fish) in a sealed pot or jar: venison can be potted in the same way as tongueMore example sentences
- You can also provide food for thought with herbs, potted strawberries and tomatoes.
- The wife admitted that she and her husband had frequently had potted meat from the shop without ill effects.
- Fishing for mussels and shrimps was a hobby but potting the fruits of your labours and selling them on was a good way to save up for a new future.
- 3 Billiards & Snooker Strike (a ball) into a pocket: he failed to pot a red at close rangeMore example sentences
- He potted 13 reds and 12 blacks before losing position on the colour.
- He is unfortunate to snooker himself in the pack after potting a long red.
- But then he potted an audacious red to begin a run of 29.
- 4 • informal Hit or kill by shooting: he was shot in the eye as neighbours potted clay pigeonsMore example sentences
- In a productive grouse year, around 350,000 of the birds are potted by shooting parties in the UK, mostly in Scotland, during the August to November season.
- 5 [no object] Make articles from earthenware or baked clay: why not paint or pot in the sun this winter?More example sentences
- As potting and glazing technologies became more advanced during the 18th century, porcelain production reached a high point.
- Over in the Cue Zone - a great white marquee set up on the Barbican's first-floor balcony - I decided to try my hand at potting.
- New types of kilns were introduced for potting and tile-manufacture, and new technologies developed around glass-making and metalworking.
- 7Encapsulate (an electrical component or circuit) in a synthetic resin or similar insulating material which sets solid.More example sentences
- Methods of designing and fabricating integrated circuits which take into account capacitive loading by the intergrated circuit potting material
- Integrated circuits, and methods of fabricating same, which take into account capacitive loading by the integrated circuit potting material
- Electronic potting components in devices made in high volumes cannot use a silicone that cures slowly, because that extra processing time means higher costs.
for the pot
- For food or cooking: he shot a pigeon for the potMore example sentences
- We had chooks and ducks, and being simple folk we treated some of them as pets, at least in their formative days until they were ready for the pot.
- The Government has ruled that it is now illegal to shoot a crow, rook or pigeon for the pot without scaring it first.
- It appears that a good part of the shipment was intended for the pot in North Italian gourmet restaurants, the rest for illegal stuffing - something strictly forbidden in the EU by water-tight legislation.
go to pot
- • informal Deteriorate through neglect: the foundry was allowed to go to pot in the seventiesMore example sentences
- My late night writing session went to pot, as it were.
- New York and Chicago got many great art deco masterpieces, and then architecture went to pot for 30 years.
- Meanwhile, back in the real world, my O-Level studies went to pot, closely followed by the A-Levels.
the pot calling the kettle black
- Used to convey that the criticisms a person is aiming at someone else could equally well apply to themselves: the Council is complaining that the post office is slow at communication—talk about pot calling the kettle black!More example sentences
- To work within the constraints of an international system is a very frustrating experience, but criticisms about its shortcomings are often a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
- To be fair, my own criticism is an example of the pot calling the kettle black.
- I know it's like the pot calling the kettle black, but in fairness, when you are a smoker, you do not realise the discomfort you put other people through by smoking in public and polluting their air with your smoke.
pot of gold
- see gold.
pots of money
- • informal A very large amount of money: people who’ve got pots of money in the bankMore example sentences
- Scores of people crowded into a meeting hall to learn there were no large pots of money for the estimated £60 million project.
- We have one of the biggest pots of money - £1,000 has never been done before.
- We are a small community and don't have big pots of money.
shit (or piss) or get off the pot
a watched pot never boils
- • proverb Time seems to drag endlessly when you’re waiting for something to happen.More example sentences
- Another way of putting it is: a watched pot never boils.
- They say a watched pot never boils, so you might want to do something else at this point.
- ‘Um, I hate to sound cliché, but I thought a watched pot never boils,’ Rachel said with interest.
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- A large bowl of steaming couscous was served with a huge potful of some kind of tender chicken stew with vegetables and chickpeas in a thin spicy gravy.
- Prize for the fastest germination goes to a potful of crimson clover, which came up less than 48 hours after sowing!
- After a few hours you have a potful of cool water rich in the medicinal value of these herbs.
late Old English pott, probably reinforced in Middle English by Old French pot; of unknown ultimate origin (compare with late Latin potus 'drinking cup'). Current senses of the verb date from the early 17th century.
noun[mass noun] • informal
- Cannabis: we smoked pot at football gamesMore example sentences
- The model here is the Dutch program of allowing users to smoke pot in licensed cannabis shops.
- When are we going to catch up with other countries and realise that smoking a bit of pot is not going to turn us all into cocaine addicts.
- In an atmosphere of ecstasy, pot smoking and cocaine line drug taking the evening gets out of hand.
1930s: probably from Mexican Spanish potiguaya 'cannabis leaves'.
- 1A shot aimed at someone or something; a potshot: my friends had a pot at the occasional rabbitMore example sentences
- That's all fine and good, but to a group of yahoos serpentining around a grassy knoll taking pots at each other, it maybe seems like too much, you know?
- 2(Chiefly in rugby) an attempt to score a goal with a kick.More example sentences
- He kicked a penalty to the corner rather than have a pot at goal.
- Twice he declined a pot at goal and opted to kick to the corner despite defending a narrow three-point lead.
- Eventually Kendal earned a pot at goal for a ruck offence and Scott put over the 24-metre kick to cut the gap to four points.
verb (pots, potting, potted)[with object] Back to top
- Score (a goal): the English Lion potted two penalties of his ownMore example sentences
- He went the full length for Leigh's first try and Turley potted a field goal to give the dominant Centurions a flying start.
- Rowley potted a field goal to regain the lead before Martyn popped a sensational pass to Cooper who raced away for his second of the game.
- Amos had two tries and a penalty, Gill went over for a try and Laidlaw potted a drop goal.