To be in one's cups
Cup Cup (k[u^]p), n. [AS. cuppe, LL. cuppa cup; cf. L. cupa tub, cask; cf. also Gr. ky`ph hut, Skr. k[=u]pa pit, hollow, OSlav. kupa cup. Cf. {Coop}, {Cupola}, {Cowl} a water vessel, and {Cob}, {Coif}, {Cop}.] 1. A small vessel, used commonly to drink from; as, a tin cup, a silver cup, a wine cup; especially, in modern times, the pottery or porcelain vessel, commonly with a handle, used with a saucer in drinking tea, coffee, and the like. [1913 Webster]

2. The contents of such a vessel; a cupful. [1913 Webster]

Give me a cup of sack, boy. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. pl. Repeated potations; social or excessive indulgence in intoxicating drinks; revelry. [1913 Webster]

Thence from cups to civil broils. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. That which is to be received or indured; that which is allotted to one; a portion. [1913 Webster]

O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me. --Matt. xxvi. 39. [1913 Webster]

5. Anything shaped like a cup; as, the cup of an acorn, or of a flower. [1913 Webster]

The cowslip's golden cup no more I see. --Shenstone. [1913 Webster]

6. (Med.) A cupping glass or other vessel or instrument used to produce the vacuum in cupping. [1913 Webster]

{Cup and ball}, a familiar toy of children, having a cup on the top of a piece of wood to which, a ball is attached by a cord; the ball, being thrown up, is to be caught in the cup; bilboquet. --Milman.

{Cup and can}, familiar companions.

{Dry cup}, {Wet cup} (Med.), a cup used for dry or wet cupping. See under {Cupping}.

{To be in one's cups}, to be drunk. [1913 Webster]


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