One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘My mother washed all our clothes at home, in the copper boiler, or in a dolly tub complete with scrubbing board.’
- ‘Cauliflowers, onions, potatoes, radishes and lettuces can be found growing from old pig troughs and dolly tubs.’
- ‘Most of the room was taken up by a large pair of wooden mangles and a dolly tub.’
- ‘The allusion is to dolly-pegs and a dolly-tub, used for washing.’
Late 19th century: from dialect dolly (used as a term for various contrivances thought to resemble a doll in some way) and tub.
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