- 1A container, typically rounded or cylindrical and of ceramic ware or metal, used for storage or cooking: clay pots for keeping water cool in summer a cooking potMore 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.
- 1.1A 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.
- 1.2The contents of any 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 and other card games: Jim raked in 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 potbelly.More 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.
- 4 (the pot) • informal A toilet.More example sentences
- Nothing like walking in on someone sitting on the pot.
- The last thing I want to hear is somebody else's idea of good music while I am sitting on the pot.
- Anyway, I take off his PJs and diaper and put him on the pot.
verb (pots, potted, potting)[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.
- 2chiefly British Preserve (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.
- 3British Billiards another term for pocket.
- 4 • informal Hit or kill (someone or something) by shooting: he was shot in the eye as neighbors 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.
for the pot
- For food or cooking: hens provided eggs as well as meat 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.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.
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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.
- Cannabis.More 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'.
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