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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pot-boy a boy in a public-house who carries pots of ale to customers
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. pot, from the Celt., as Ir. pota, Gael. poit, W. pot.


In literature:

Nurse looked ready to faint, as she thought of her boy being smothered before her eyes in a Benares pot.
"Terry" by Rosa Mulholland
Hagar poured out the boy's cup of tea, waited a little space, then returned it to its steaming pot again.
"Culm Rock" by Glance Gaylord
On passing the galley they saw a boy busily employed, assisting the cook's mate in cleaning pots and pans.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
He came back to her presently accompanied by an Indian boy carrying an iron pot and some fresh mutton.
"The Man of the Desert" by Grace Livingston Hill
Gif and the other boys also took hold, so the dish-washing and the pot cleaning did not take very long.
"The Rover Boys on a Hunt" by Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
On arriving at The Derby Winner, he walked straight into the bar, and found it presided over by a grinning pot-boy.
"The Bishop's Secret" by Fergus Hume
Tommy had made the two quart pots of tea, and Gerrard was taking the beef and damper out of his saddle-bag when the black boy started.
"Tom Gerrard 1904" by Louis Becke
Boys generally fancy there is nothing like watering, and they are very pleased when they get the watering-pot in their hands.
"The Book of Sports:" by William Martin
Can't you see the boy's marriage has gone to pot?
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
When Mrs. Drayton had gone upstairs she had left the pot-boy in charge of the bar.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Young John Kepler was thereupon taken from school, and employed as pot-boy between the ages of nine and twelve.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
Close by was a boy stirring some grease in a pot, with a long stick.
"The Young Surveyor;" by J. T. Trowbridge
The man took the rope in his hands, and gave the little boy the iron pot, and he took it and went home again.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
The divers were in the midst of the lagoon upon their employment; the cook, a boy of ten, was over his pots in the camp.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
My best boy, Bert Hobson, the novelist, makes simply pots of money.
"The Sailor" by J. C. Snaith
And those spots the boys promptly turned into a rouge-pot.
"A Scout of To-day" by Isabel Hornibrook
The pot-boy slunk away, and a loud laugh rang round the little audience.
"Tommy Wideawake" by H. H. Bashford
It had been their custom to have the yesterday's paper brought in with their dinner by the pot-boy from a neighboring public-house.
"Lives of Illustrious Shoemakers" by William Edward Winks
On such occasions the staff of pot-boys and men to keep order was recruited from the stables.
"'I Believe' and other essays" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
Shuter was pot-boy here.
"Club Life of London, Volume II (of 2)" by John Timbs

In poetry:

A barefoot boy I went to school
To save a cobbler's fee,
For though the porridge pot was full
A frugal folk were we;
We baked our bannocks, spun our wool,
And counted each bawbee.
"My Ancestors" by Robert W Service
Be ye stockmen or no, to my story give ear.
Alas! for poor Jack, no more shall we hear
The crack of his stockwhip, his steed's lively trot,
His clear "Go ahead, boys," his jingling quart pot.
"The Stockman's Last Bed" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

A Brooklyn high-school English teacher who was supposed to be tutoring a 16-year-old student instead plied him with pot and repeatedly had sex with him in her school office, the boy's lawyer charged.
Glatzer talks about the Arn Chorn-Pond, the subject of her powerful film about a boy who survived Pol Pot's Cambodia.
Dad uses boy's bedroom to grow pot.
A 3-year-old boy in southern California landed in the hospital over the weekend after nibbling on one of his grandmother's pot cookies.
A Syrian boy jumps over a pot hole on a refugee camp in Qah, near the northwestern Syria city of Idlib on November 24, 2012.
On the frontier of medical pot to treat boy's epilepsy.
If you have issues with your storm sewer drain system, don't like the pot holes on your road, want to discuss taxes for your neighborhood, need to discuss the job situation in our area, or just want to give the Mayor an "atta boy".
Where the Boys Are' Cautionary Tale Pot Luck.