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hogshead

1. a unit of capacity, used esp for alcoholic beverages. It has several values, being 54 imperial gallons in the case of beer and 52.5 imperial gallons in the case of wine
2. a large cask used for shipment of wines and spirits
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and, as the cauldron and the frying-pan did not heed him, and continued their duet, he jumped down from his hogshead, gave a kick to the boiler, which rolled ten paces away bearing the child with it, a kick to the frying-pan, which upset in the fire with all its grease, and gravely remounted his throne, without troubling himself about the stifled tears of the child, or the grumbling of the old woman, whose supper was wasting away in a fine white flame.
In the midst of this Round Table of beggary, Clopin Trouillefou,--as the doge of this senate, as the king of this peerage, as the pope of this conclave,-- dominated; first by virtue of the height of his hogshead, and next by virtue of an indescribable, haughty, fierce, and formidable air, which caused his eyes to flash, and corrected in his savage profile the bestial type of the race of vagabonds.
G Lyster, with 42 bays and enough space to accommodate more than 700,000 hogsheads of tobacco.
And by 1636, a rare tulip with petals of red and white stripes that flowed out like ribbons of peppermint candy became so popular that for the price of a single bulb, a person could purchase eight pigs, four oxen, 12 sheep (all fat), 24 tons of wheat, twice that much rye, two hogsheads of wine, four barrels of beer, 4,000 pounds of butter, a quarter that much cheese, a silver drinking cup, a pack of clothes, a bed (including mattress and bedding) and a ship, according to a pamphlet from the time.
At Midleton distillery, a selection of single pot still Irish Whiskey distillates, matured for between 15 and 22 years in ex-Bourbon casks, were blended together before going into the Irish Oak Hogsheads.
Large and small hogsheads, barrels, kegs, worn by the misses that go to that lone schoolhouse in the Pinkham Notch.
Delivery planks, ropes, hooks and tap ends, Soft and hard wooden spiles, Hogsheads, barrels, kills, firkins, slides and, Dumpers, gantries high and low.
Other prizes include a week's accommodation in the Islay Hotel during the island's whisky festival for the next five years and 20 hogsheads of whisky.
His name was Pumpkin, and in the 1770s he won 16 out of 24 races and earned no less than 6,090 guineas and nine hogsheads of claret.