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noun

1A rounded or cylindrical container, typically of metal, used for cooking: pots and pans hung from a rack
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  • 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.
Synonyms
cooking utensil, container, receptacle, vessel;
South African potjie;
Indian lota, surahi
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 pot
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  • 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.
Synonyms
1.2A container for holding drink, especially beer.
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 coffee
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  • 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 pot
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  • 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.
Synonyms
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 claims
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  • 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.
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  • 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 skinfuls
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  • 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.
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  • 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 pots
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  • 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)

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1Plant in a flowerpot: pot individual cuttings as soon as you see new young leaves
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 tongue
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  • 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 range
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  • 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 pigeons
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  • 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.
4.1Succeed in obtaining (something desirable); win: do you fancy potting a fine trophy?
5 [no object] Make articles from earthenware or baked clay: why not paint or pot in the sun this winter?
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  • 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.
6British Sit (a young child) on a potty.
7Encapsulate (an electrical component or circuit) in a synthetic resin or similar insulating material which sets solid.
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  • 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.

Origin

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.

Phrases

for the pot

1
For food or cooking: he shot a pigeon for the pot
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  • 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

2
informal Deteriorate through neglect: the foundry was allowed to go to pot in the seventies
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  • 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.
Synonyms
deteriorate, decline, degenerate, go to (rack and) ruin, go downhill, go to seed, decay, fall into disrepair, become dilapidated, run down, rot, slide
Australian/New Zealand informal go to the pack

the pot calling the kettle black

3
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 communicationtalk about pot calling the kettle black!
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  • 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

4
see gold.

pots of money

5
informal A very large amount of money: people who’ve got pots of money in the bank
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  • 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

6
vulgar slang Used to convey that someone should stop wasting time and get on with something.

a watched pot never boils

7
proverb Time seems to drag endlessly when you’re waiting for something to happen.
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.

Derivatives

potful

1
noun (plural potfuls)
Example sentences
  • 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.

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Pronunciation: /pɒt
 
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noun

[mass noun] informal
Cannabis: we smoked pot at football games
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  • 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.

Origin

1930s: probably from Mexican Spanish potiguaya 'cannabis leaves'.

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noun

1A shot aimed at someone or something; a potshot: my friends had a pot at the occasional rabbit
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  • 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.
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  • 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)

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Score (a goal): the English Lion potted two penalties of his own
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  • 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.

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