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Definition of widow's cruse in English:


An apparently small supply that proves inexhaustible: information is infinitely reproducible without diminishing it: it is a veritable widow’s cruse
More example sentences
  • We don't know how God kept the widow's cruse supplied with oil, and why she never ran out of flour during that long dry spell.
  • It often seemed to Connie that her sons thought of the refrigerator as a widow's cruse of food that would magically restock itself every week.
  • And so all the paradoxes of thrift, widow's cruses, and so on become irrelevant.


With biblical allusion to 1 Kings 17:10–16.

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