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cat +‎ lap



catlap (uncountable)

  1. (slang, derogatory) A watery or thin drink (especially tea or milk); a non-alcoholic drink.
    • 1824, Walter Scott, chapter 12, in Redgauntlet[1]:
      'I will leave you to yourselves, gentlemen,' said the provost, rising; 'when you have done with your crack, you will find me at my wife's tea-table.' ¶ 'And a more accomplished old woman never drank catlap,' said Maxwell, as he shut the door []
    • 1864, Charles Reade, Very Hard Cash, Chapter XIV, p. 75,[2]
      " [] You mustn't gobble, nor drink your beer too fast." ¶ "You are wrong, doctor; I never drink no beer: it costs." ¶ "Your catlap, then. [] "
    • 1907, George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara, Act II,[3]
      I suppose you think I come here to beg from you, like this damaged lot here. Not me. I don't want your bread and scrape and catlap.
    • 1934, George Orwell, chapter 4, in Burmese Days[4]:
      All European food in Burma is more or less disgusting—the bread is spongy stuff leavened with palm-toddy and tasting like a penny bun gone wrong, the butter comes out of a tin, and so does the milk, unless it is the grey watery catlap of the dudh-wallah.
    • 2015, Markman Ellis, Richard Coulton and Matthew Mauger, Empire of Tea: The Asian Leaf that Conquered the World, London: Reaktion Books,[5]
      Identifying tea as 'catlap' had a prevailing satirical currency in the mid-1780s.