reel-pot

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

reel (to walk unsteadily) +‎ pot

Noun[edit]

reel-pot (plural reel-pots)

  1. (obsolete) A drunkard.
    • 1604, Middleton, Thomas, Plato's Cap Cast at the Year 1604:
      And lastly some shall have a palsy in their feet, and will not be able to stand to anything but shake and reel from the stall into the channel—your excellent reel-pots.
    • 1604, Middleton, Thomas, The Black Book:
      There I heard news out of all countries in all languages: how many villains were in Spain, how many luxurs in Italy, how many perjureds in France and how many reel-pots in Germany.

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