Bottle


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Bottle

A British slang term for either 2 pounds or 200 pounds. The term derives from "bottle of glue," which rhymes with two. It is an example of Cockney rhyming slang.
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Dolokhov, the bottle of rum still in his hand, jumped onto the window sill.
He finished his bottle, caught Michael suddenly by both jowls, and, leaning forward, rubbed noses with him.
Thinking it both unfair and unkind to deprive her of any good qualities that were handy, the boy took down every bottle on the shelf and poured some of the contents in Margolotte's dish.
'Then here's his health!' With these words, that excellent person took a most energetic pull at the bottle, and handed it to Ben Allen, who was not slow to imitate his example.
Upon this I made an effort to get up, in order to put my threat into execution; but the ruffian just reached across the table very deliberately, and hitting me a tap on the forehead with the neck of one of the long bottles, knocked me back into the arm-chair from which I had half arisen.
I went into the cellar; all the barrels were gone, and of the bottles a most surprising number had been drunk out and thrown away.
Wait a bit till I put the bottle right.' Here the cork is evidently taken out again, and replaced again.
She drew a mug into the bed, and sat for a while considering which of the two bottles she should choose.
The poor little Lizard, Bill, was in the middle, being held up by two guinea-pigs, who were giving it something out of a bottle. They all made a rush at Alice the moment she appeared; but she ran off as hard as she could, and soon found herself safe in a thick wood.
When she had taken this gentle exercise for some time, she sat down upon the steps and called 'George'; whereupon a man in a carter's frock, who had been so shrouded in a hedge up to this time as to see everything that passed without being seen himself, parted the twigs that concealed him, and appeared in a sitting attitude, supporting on his legs a baking-dish and a half-gallon stone bottle, and bearing in his right hand a knife, and in his left a fork.
Don't keep fidgeting with the bottle! Pass it this way, Mr.
Listen, you scoundrel, and look at that Dutch bottle.'