Adjective "cup" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A small bowl-shaped container for drinking from, typically having a handle.
  1. '"Here, " she said, and put the cup to his lips.'
  2. 'At which point, to my astonishment, a midwife suggested feeding her formula but, to avoid spoiling her with a latex teat, she suggested the baby drink it from a cup.'
  3. 'I lifted the plastic cup to my lips again, and took a swig.'
  4. 'He went to a cooler and filled a paper cup with water.'
  5. 'It has been suggested an underground vault contains the Holy Grail, a cup from which Christ drank, and the Ark of the Covenant.'
  6. 'I was so shocked, I dropped my cup of hot cocoa and gasped.'
  7. 'Travel jugs and water boilers are increasingly popular, many including stowaway drinking cups.'
  8. 'Australians drink coffee in smaller cups, our baristas tend to swirl the milk a little less, and we have completely different terminology.'
  9. '"Yes, yes I am, " I replied shakily, carefully setting the china cup on the table.'
  10. 'I nodded and he stood up, gathering the styrofoam containers and empty soft drink cups and crumpled napkins.'
  11. 'The restaurant's really good value for money - you can get a cup of coffee for only 85p!'
  12. 'And you're asked to drink cups and cups of it, and answer a zillion very specific questions about the taste.'
  13. 'I drank endless cups of coffee and cinnamon tea.'
  14. 'We still made it time but I think from tomorrow, we're going to be setting off a little bit later now the mornings are getting darker, so we'll have chance for a sit down with a cup of coffee and a slice of toast.'
  15. 'It is expected that the project will take about 6 to 8 weeks to complete and even if you can only go along for an odd session and a cup of coffee, you would be most welcome.'
  16. 'A cup of valerian tea an hour before going to bed can help to re-establish a normal sleep cycle, and is safe to take in conjunction with any prescribed medication.'
  17. 'Many students will be re-writing revision plans, displaying an inability to talk about anything else, drinking endless cups of coffee and suffering from a lack of sleep.'
  18. 'For 5 yuan, a visitor can get a cup of Sichuan tea and sit among bamboo and trees for as long as a whole day.'
  19. 'Together we drank five cups and the pot was still not dry.'
  20. 'The energy boost from a cup of coffee reverses afternoon slump, helping to keep you alert and temporarily improving performance, concentration and reaction time.'
  21. 'a cup of butter'
  22. 'All it takes is 5 servings per day (a serving equals 1 slice of bread or half a cup of cooked grain).'
  23. 'Can you measure out a cup of rice for me, please, and leave it to soak in a bowl of water?'
  24. 'Then add one cup of freshly squeezed orange juice and half a cup of fresh lemon juice, and garnish with a few of the fresh herb leaves.'
  25. 'Robin added that 1/2 bucket of very hot water with a cup of vinegar not only cleans the floors well but is a winner with cleaning windows.'
  26. 'Substitute 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley for basil.'
  27. 'Half a cup of syrup (two tablespoons per serving) was all I needed in each of the dessert soups.'
  28. 'A dash serving is one cup of lettuce and half a cup of most other vegetables.'
  29. 'Then in a separate bowl, you mix up 3 1/2 cups flour.'
  30. 'Throwing a cup of bicarbonate of soda down a septic toilet each week will help to reduce acidity, and encourage the growth of waste-digesting bacteria.'
  31. 'An entire meal would equal about one cup of food if measured together.'
  32. 'If communion cups were a danger, he said, there would be cases of mass infections.'
  33. 'The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not participation in the blood of Christ?…'
  34. 'Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink from it, all of you.'
  35. 'It was the later French adaptation which changed swords to spades, wands to clubs, cups to hearts, and coins to diamonds.'
An ornamental trophy in the form of a cup, usually made of gold or silver and having a stem and two handles, awarded as a prize in a sports contest.
  1. 'Billy gives the silver cup to his older sisters and the gold cup to his younger sister, just as promised.'
  2. 'There were four overall prizes of cups, many trophies and certs for all the children.'
  3. 'But then he immediately displayed the cup in the trophy cabinet.'
  4. 'Everyone makes their way back to the campground and Billy is awarded the gold cup as well as three hundred dollars in prize money.'
  5. 'A clean sweep of domestic cups and two European trophies should have been followed by a Premiership title.'
  6. 'Ned is awarded yet another prize cup for chopping.'
  7. 'I know they have won cups and trophies over the last few years, but if you ask any player in the squad, the one they would all love to win is the premiership.'
  8. 'She was presented with a giant cup and gold medal at the end-of-season presentation at the weekend.'
  9. 'Sheep, dogs and vintage farm machinery will be displayed by their owners vying for the top prizes and the many cups and trophies on offer.'
  10. 'The winning team took the glittering gold cup and a cash prize.'
  11. 'His record of winning six championships and three European Cups in eight years at Liverpool is second to none.'
  12. 'He will receive a specially designed engraved crystal award from the cup sponsors.'
  13. 'I would rather go out of the Cup than lose league points under certain circumstances.'
  14. 'You go into the European Cup hoping to get challenges like we are going to get on Wednesday.'
  15. 'That move has paid off handsomely this year and Liverpool have proved to be the team to beat in the Cups.'
  16. 'It was a one-sided competition back then; in fact, the British had lost 10 of the last 11 Cups.'
  17. 'Your team has reached the semi finals of the Cup and it's your only chance of silverware this season.'
  18. 'There is a feeling around the city that, with relegation less of a worry, this could be our year in the Cup.'
  19. 'After the long and twisting road to the final there are only two teams left standing in the European Cup.'
  20. 'They should have some rule whereby you can't play the same team in both Cups.'
A cup-shaped thing.
  1. 'The periphery of the original blank must form the top circle of the cup.'
  2. 'The first bit of fiddling involves bending the LED leads and fitting them into their little black housing cups which you have inserted into the holes in the faceplate.'
  3. 'The most commonly used prostheses are metal femoral components with plastic acetabular cups.'
  4. 'We stand in silence watching more people join the line as others leave happily with their cones and cups blissed out, stressless, and not quite ready to go home.'
  5. 'He pulled a pack of peanut butter cups from the plastic bag and set it down in front of the headstone.'
  6. 'Drape the phyllo circles over the prepared molds to form into cups.'
  7. 'Feeders that attach to a window with suction cups provide excitingly close encounters!'
  8. 'Thanks to an elastic band that connects the shoe's tongue to the sidewalls and a heel cup with a notch for your Achilles tendon, the fit is superb.'
  9. 'she had grown from an A to a C cup in just six months'
  10. 'The cup seams can be cut out and used to sew over the poking underwire part.'
  11. 'I pick up another bra, lift my breasts into the cups, fasten the back and arrange the straps.'
  12. 'I've seen bras with an adjustable bit in the front between the cups, maybe something like that would help?'
  13. 'Using polymer sensors, the bra tightens and loosens its straps, or stiffens and relaxes its cups in response to the movements of the wearer.'
  14. 'It pumps up your cleavage using two air bags inserted in the cups.'
  15. 'The most common problems were with the cups and underwires of the bra.'
  16. 'Bigger cup sizes get a boost from halter necks which help support, while underwires lift and built-in cups define.'
  17. 'Practice narrowing your focus by hitting a tee that is stuck in the back of the cup directly on line with your ball.'
  18. 'It will slow down just prior to taking the break, then fall toward the hole and into the cup from the top side.'
  19. 'But the ball lipped out of the cup on the 18th hole, meaning the Englishman's six points for his closing round ensured victory.'
A mixed drink made from fruit juices and typically containing wine or cider.
  1. 'a non-alcoholic fruit cup'


Form (one's hand or hands) into the curved shape of a cup.
  1. 'A shrill roar rumbled out from its mouth, and he cupped his hands over his ears to try to block it out.'
  2. 'I stopped, cupping my hand over my mouth and forcing back tears.'
  3. 'Scrambling to his feet, he cupped his hands and shouted in the direction he thought the voice came from.'
  4. 'He reached out with one long arm, cupped his hand behind her neck and pulled her to him.'
  5. 'Take your measurements where your fingers curve back in, while your hands are naturally cupped.'
  6. 'Turning the tap of one of the sinks I cupped my hands and grabbed some water.'
  7. 'Slowly she lifted the lighter to her mouth and then cupped her hands around it to block the wind.'
  8. 'When she reached out for her change and turned to walk away, the shopkeeper held on to the gold coins between his thumb and forefinger and cupped a hand to his ear.'
  9. 'Let your arms swing naturally and in rhythm with your legs and loosely cup your hands.'
  10. 'Next, cup your left hand around your mouth and direct the sound straight into your ear.'
  11. 'he cupped her face in his hands'
  12. 'Beneath the sheets, she cupped me and gave me a playful squeeze.'
  13. 'The dive leader cupped him under the belly and tickled him on the chin.'
  14. 'She cupped the glass of sparkling apple cider between her palms as she stared at John in amazement.'
  15. 'She cupped a warm glass of tea in her nimble fingers, as she watched the translucent wave of of mist roll over the English country side.'
  16. 'This effect is accentuated if the glasses are cupped in human hands.'
  17. 'Gently, Cameron lifted him up, cupping him in his hands.'
Bleed (someone) by using a glass in which a partial vacuum is formed by heating.
  1. 'They carried out procedures we now rate as complementary or alternative as well as some off the wall procedures (all of which are now back in use!) such as cupping, bleeding, the use of maggots and leeches.'
  2. 'Predictably, leeches, cupping, and blood letting take the centre stage of treatments.'

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    Cuban peso(s).

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      1. a small, open container made of china, glass, metal, etc., usually having a handle and used chiefly as a receptable from which to drink tea, soup, etc.

      2. the bowllike part of a goblet or the like.

      3. a cup with its contents.

      4. the quantity contained in a cup.

      5. a unit of capacity, equal to 8 fluid ounces (237 milliliters) or 16 tablespoons; half-pint.

      6. an ornamental bowl, vase, etc., especially of precious metal, offered as a prize for a contest.

      7. any of various beverages,

      More examples(as adjective)

      "people can be cup in fingers."

      "people can be cup."

      "waters can be cup."

      "structures can be cup."

      "seasons can be cup."

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      Old English: from popular Latin cuppa, probably from Latin cupa ‘tub’.


      in one's cups
      not one's cup of tea