One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
tobacco pipe, briar, briar pipe, meerschaum, clay pipeView synonyms
- ‘Wherever we went we were exhorted to join in family picnics, take tea or share hubble-bubble.’
- ‘The local grocer, at whose shop Momma used to have a few quick pulls at the hubble-bubble now and then, was his chief counsellor.’
- ‘Alternatively, take a seat at one of the open-air pavement cafés for a cool beer and perhaps try a nargileh, the hubble-bubble pipe so popular in this part of the world.’
- ‘And then we were offered hubble-bubble pipes!’
- ‘You can also smoke an apple-flavoured tobacco in a hubble-bubble pipe if you have time.’
- ‘The tea-house was theoretically for men only, but women and men smoked the hubble-bubble together.’
- ‘When that was finished he would take his hubble-bubble and puff away at that, until he was ready to go downstairs and play billiards, after which it was off to bed.’
- ‘It had been tapped that morning, said one, offering me a drag on his hubble-bubble and a handful of tart green apricots from a nearby bush.’
- ‘Here in Dubai the hotel is built like an exotic Arabian village, complete with a souk and outdoor cafes where you can sit and try a hubble-bubble pipe as you sip some very strong, sweet Turkish-style coffee.’
- ‘Now the hubble-bubble pipes are being passed round, and al-Madfai changes direction yet again.’
- ‘A tea-house tucked under it is described curiously in my guidebook as a place, ‘to sit and drink tea or smoke the hubble-bubble, surrounded by slumbering Esfahan manhood.’’
Mid 17th century: imitative repetition of bubble.
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