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


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.
    • The London Times
      Lord Palmerston considered himself the bottleholder of oppressed states.

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for bottleholder in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)