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TUB, measures. In mercantile law, a tub is a measure containing sixty pounds weight of tea; and from fifty-six to eighty-six pounds of camphor. Jacob's Law Dict. h.t.

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The two friends were crouching down, meantime, behind a tub in the side alley.
Down below, the rasping sound of rough salt rubbed on rough flesh sounded like the whirring of a grindstone - a steady undertune to the "click-nick" of the knives in the pen; the wrench and schloop of torn heads, dropped liver, and flying offal; the "caraaah" of Uncle Salters's knife scooping away backbones; and the flap of wet, opened bodies falling into the tub.
and she led him into the conservatory to the place among the tubs where she had been hiding.
They lay in collapse all about the room, but every little while one or another would crawl over to the tub and try to drink more.
when something went splash into the tub at the foot of the back-stairs.
A Tale of a Tub like The Battle of the Books is a satire, and Swift wrote it to show up the abuses of the Church.
And as he struggled and squirmed like an eel to escape from him, the Green Fisherman took a stout cord and tied him hand and foot, and threw him into the bottom of the tub with the others.
He used to come out from Naples for the week-ends--in the tub when it wasn't too rough for his nerves--and he didn't always come alone.
They's a bath-tub an' stationary tubs a-comin' soon as I can see my way.
She crept from behind her tub into the twilight of the long attic, but just then she heard a quick foot-step on the stairs.
The sailors at the fore and mizzen had come down; the line tubs were fixed in their places; the cranes were thrust out; the mainyard was backed, and the three boats swung over the sea like three samphire baskets over high cliffs.
Let me see--peculiar resources of this establishment--new and splendid scenery--you must manage to introduce a real pump and two washing- tubs.