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dinner pail


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dinner pail a pail in which a workman carries his lunch or dinner
    • ***


  • Herbert Clark Hoover
    “The slogan of progress is changing from the full dinner pail to the full garage.”


In literature:

It was filled with live coals, and was carried to the church by a handle, as one would carry a dinner pail.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
With the package under her arm and her little tin dinner pail dangling from her wrist, Elizabeth fitted the key into the lock.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
Mary, tired but enthusiastic, told them all about it as they rode home together, followed at a respectful distance by a dinner-pail laden throng.
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase
Some had it in bottles and some had it in the covers of their dinner-pails, with the cup to drink out of fitting over the top.
"The Doers" by William John Hopkins
She hadn't any dinner pail in sight, anyway.
"Glory and the Other Girl" by Annie Hamilton Donnell
John carried the dinner-pail on condition that Elizabeth bore the school-bag.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
Neither Ruth, the boy, nor myself ever left the table or dinner pail unsatisfied.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
Yes, there is going to be a full dinner pail in Camp Garrity, let me tell you!
"The Banner Boy Scouts Snowbound" by George A. Warren
When Janey, dinner pail in hand and books under arm, was ready to start, David asked in surprise where Jud was.
"David Dunne" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
Into it they were thrust, dinner-pails and all.
"The Arena" by Various
I helped carry dinner pails to de field workers, and dey was full of meat and cabbage and biscuit.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Jerry at once said he'd go in and get his dinner pail and Raven waited for Tenney.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
An', every time I've taken my dinner-pail to the face where I was workin', I've put a bit o' bread aside for the knockers.
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
"Gala Day Luncheons" by Caroline Benedict Burrell
A little girl came out with a tin pail, the gripman's dinner.
"A Yankee from the West" by Opie Read
The motorman took up his dinner-pail, sat down on a high stool with his back to her, and began to eat.
"The Enchanted Barn" by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
It's Molly with the dinner-pail: she's coming in the door.
"The Two Twilights" by Henry A. Beers
He was dressed like a day laborer, and carried a dinner pail; a pickaxe was slung over his shoulder.
"Pippin; A Wandering Flame" by Laura E. Richards
The laboring man with his tools and his empty dinner pail.
"Folly as It Flies" by Fanny Fern
The food, which is miserable, is dealt out of huge kettles into the dinner pails provided by the steamship company.
"On the Trail of The Immigrant" by Edward A. Steiner

In news:

Her husband, John, worked in a small coal mine, and a large boulder once crushed his dinner pail.