bottleholder

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

bottle +‎ holder, from the bottle of water they provided to the fighter.

Noun[edit]

bottleholder (plural bottleholders)

  1. (colloquial) One who attends a pugilist in a prizefight.
  2. (colloquial, by extension) One who assists or supports another in a contest; a backer.
    Lord Palmerston considered himself the bottleholder of oppressed states.The London Times.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.