"pot" Definition

  1. a favourite in the betting for a race. Probably so called because it is usual to say that a heavily-backed horse carries “a POT of money.” When a favourite is beaten the POT is said to be upset.
  2. a sixpence, _i.e._, the price of a POT or quart of half-and-half. A half-crown, in medical student slang, is a FIVE-POT piece.
  3. TO GO TO POT, to die; from the classic custom of putting the ashes of the dead in an urn; also, to be ruined or broken up,—often applied to tradesmen who fail in business. “Go to POT!” _i.e._, go and hang yourself, shut up and be quiet.—_L’Estrange._ “To put the POT on,” to overcharge or exaggerate. “To go to POT” most probably means to go out of all shape, as metal in the melting-pot.
  4. to finish; “don’t POT me,” term used at billiards, when a player holes his adversary’s ball—generally considered shabby play. This word was much used by our soldiers in the Crimea in reference to shots from a hole or ambush. These were called POT-SHOTS. The term is still used to denote a shot taken sitting or at ease.

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Position in the dictionary: 2671 of 4022 slang words.
Next words in the dictionary: pot-boiler, pot-faker, pot-hat, pot-hunter, pot-luck, pot-valiant, pot-walloper, potato-trap, potheen, potted
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