One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An earthenware pot or jar.‘the runner beans were then packed in layers of salt in large crocks’
earthenware pot, pot, jar, urn, pitcher, jug, ewerView synonyms
- ‘Place six soup crocks on a sheet pan and ladle some soup into each.’
- ‘Similarly, ‘printed’ butter could also be packed in large crocks, covered with salt water, and cooled in the springhouse.’
- ‘She salted beans and onions in a crock, made jam and pickles, and preserved eggs.’
- ‘From the bottom of her basket, she took a crock of salve.’
- ‘But if you leave some salted and spiced cabbage leaves in a crock for a few weeks, the germ fairy will replace the contents with kimchi while you sleep.’
- ‘Otherwise dump the contents of the crocks or vat into food-grade plastic mesh bags or cheesecloth and squeeze out as much wine as you can into a clean basin.’
- ‘No, I do not have to go to the co-op, scoop it from a flyblown communal vat with a wooden spoon, put it in my reusable crock and carry it to the barter-counter with the handy hemp handle.’
- ‘The sight of glazed russet crocks bearing chunky chicken scarpariello, steamy bowls of cioppino, and baked calamari gives an unexpected pleasure.’
- ‘I purchased some much needed essentials for my utensil crock, an apron, a new tart pan and some hand soap.’
- ‘You will need a large container for aging - big wide-mouthed glass jars with tightly sealing lids or ceramic crocks with lids are ideal.’
- ‘How do they always hide their gold in a crock, or a pot, at the end of a rainbow?’
- ‘During the winter months we go with crocks instead of water bottles for all of our outside rabbits.’
- ‘The slices are then packed into a crock, which may first be lined with whole clean leaves.’
- ‘When we were nearly done planting, Michael went down to the root cellar and brought back a bucket and two earthenware crocks.’
- ‘Some of the houses were smaller than 10 square metres yet were packed with all kinds of wine crocks, failing to meet the necessary health and sanitation standards.’
- ‘The beans, most often scarlet runners, were sliced and salted in a crock for the winter.’
- ‘Feeling he should express gratitude for the woman's kindness, he held up the crock of salt pork and onions, but the words just wouldn't come.’
- ‘A hen in a basket pokes her head out to drink from a chipped crock.’
- ‘The brandied chicken-liver pâté (the sort of thing an ambitious Houston cook might pack into crocks to give friends at Christmas) still has the power to engage.’
- ‘The first piece they bought together was a crock decorated with cobalt blue flowers for $150.’
- 1.1 A broken piece of earthenware.
- ‘Last month's included a tip new to me, using teabags instead of crocks for the bottom of containers.’
- 1.2 A plate, cup, or other item of crockery.‘I ate my tea and then I washed up the dirty crocks’
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- ‘Peter fires a hose of steaming water at the crocks before they're run through the main dishwashers.’
- ‘In fact, if the dirty crocks get too mountainous, they can simply chuck them away.’
2North American informal Something considered to be complete nonsense.‘this whole business of an electronic community is a crock’‘what a crock!’
Old English croc, crocca, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse krukka and probably to Dutch kruik and German Krug.
1An old person who is considered to be feeble and useless.‘I'm an old crock and he's an old buffer’
- ‘How, a perplexed public is asking, did a thirty-nine year old crock manage to swim through the air and prevent what was a certain goal?’
- ‘He plays a pompous old crock of a secondary teacher.’
- ‘As we sprinted away from home plate, I found myself in the disconcerting position of being a step behind the old crock.’
- 1.1 An old and worn-out vehicle.
Injure (a person or part of the body)‘he crocked a shoulder in the test against South Africa’‘the striker was crocked in a practice match’
- ‘Has anyone else nearly crocked their ankle on the newly re-laid cobbles?’
- ‘He had got off to a flyer in the first Test against New Zealand, and then crocked his shoulder.’
- ‘We started to get our excuses in early this year as soon the wunderkind crocked his toe.’
- ‘He has a habit, he admits ruefully, of crocking himself.’
- ‘Not one, or two, but three members of the governing group on City of York Council have crocked legs.’
Late Middle English: perhaps from Flemish, and probably related to crack. Originally a Scots term for an old ewe, it came in the late 19th century to denote an old or broken-down horse.
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