widow's cruse

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the widow's cruse of oil that miraculously supplies Elijah during a famine (I Kings 17:8–16).

NounEdit

widow's cruse (plural widow's cruses)

  1. An inexhaustible supply, oftentimes of something that appears meager.
    • 2005, Jan Toporowski, Theories of financial disturbance:
      Thus profits, as a source of capital increment for entrepreneurs, are a widow's cruse which remains undepleted however much of them may be devoted to riotous living.
Last modified on 18 January 2012, at 15:10