swill-tub

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swill +‎ tub

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swill-tub (plural swill-tubs)

  1. (obsolete) A drunkard.
    • 1725 [1518], Bailey, Nathan, transl., “The Epithalamium of Petrus Ægidius”, in All the Familiar Colloquies of Desiderius Erasmus, of Roterdam, translation of Colloquies by Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, page 261:
      But I have known a great many, to whom theſe kind Words have been chang'd into the quite contrary, in leſs than three Months Time; and inſtead of pleaſant Jeſts at Table, Diſhes and Trenchers have flown about. The Husband, inſtead of my dear Soul, has been call'd Blockhead, Toſs-Pot, Swill-Tub; and the Wife, Sow, Fool, dirty Drab.

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