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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Tappit-hen (A).
A huge pewter measuring-pot, containing at least three English quarts. Readers of Waverley will remember (in chap. xi.) the Baron Bradwardine’s tappit-hen of claret from Bordeaux. To have a tappit-hen under the belt is to have swallowed three quarts of claret. A hen and chickens means large and small drinking mugs or pewter pots. A tappit was served from the tap. (See JEROBOAM.)   1
“Weel she lo’ed a Hawick gill,
And leugh to see a tappit-hen.”



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