widow's cruse

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the widow's cruse of oil that miraculously supplies Elijah during a famine (I Kings 17:8–16).

Noun[edit]

widow's cruse (plural widow's cruses)

  1. An inexhaustible supply, oftentimes of something that appears meager.
    • 2005, Jan Toporowski, Theories of financial disturbance:
      Thus profits, as a source of capital increment for entrepreneurs, are a widow's cruse which remains undepleted however much of them may be devoted to riotous living.