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cup  (kp)
a. A small open container, usually with a flat bottom and a handle, used for drinking.
b. Such a container and its contents.
2. Abbr. c. A unit of capacity or volume equal to 16 tablespoons or 8 fluid ounces (237 milliliters). See Table at measurement.
3. The bowl of a drinking vessel.
4. The chalice or the wine used in the celebration of the Eucharist.
5. A decorative cup-shaped vessel awarded as a prize or trophy.
6. Sports A golf hole or the metal container inside a hole.
7. Either of the two parts of a brassiere that fit over the breasts.
8. An athletic supporter having a protective reinforcement of rigid plastic or metal.
9. A sweetened, flavored, usually chilled beverage, especially one made with wine: claret cup.
10. A dish served in a cup-shaped vessel: fruit cup.
a. A cuplike object.
b. Biology A cuplike structure or organ.
12. A lot or portion to be suffered or enjoyed.
tr.v. cupped, cup·ping, cups
1. To place in or as in a cup.
2. To shape like a cup: cup ones hand.
3. To subject to the therapeutic procedure of cupping.
cup of tea
1. Something that one excels in or enjoys: Opera is not my cup of tea.
2. A matter to be reckoned or dealt with: Recreational sport is relaxing. Professional sport is another cup of tea altogether.
in (ones) cups
Intoxicated; drunk.

[Middle English cuppe, from Old English, from Late Latin cuppa, drinking vessel, perhaps variant of Latin cpa, tub, cask.]

cup  /kp/  n. 1 a small, round, open container, usu. with a handle, for drinking liquids: She drinks coffee from a cup. 2 a measure of 8 fluid ounces or 16 tablespoons: The recipe called for a cup of flour. 3 a prize for winning a sports competition, (syn.) a trophy 4 either side of a brassiere 5 ones cup of tea: (often used negatively) a favorite thing: Driving in a bad snowstorm is not my cup of tea. 6 to be in ones cups: to be drunk
v. [T] cupped, cupping, cups to form ones hands into a cup: The farmer cupped his hands to drink water from the stream. cup

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