\ ˈgō-ˌkəp How to pronounce go-cup (audio) \
variants: or less commonly go cup
plural go-cups also go cups

Definition of go-cup

: a plastic or paper cup used especially for taking a beverage off the premises of a bar, restaurant, etc. It was full of noise and talk and men and women in uniform. They had go-cups of coffee, they were making notes, they were reading bulletins, they were getting ready to head out.— Lee Child especially : such a cup used (as in New Orleans) for carrying an alcoholic beverage Nagin joked about seeing some librarians with go-cups in the French quarter … — James Varney Another night spot is Bourbon Street. Visit on a weekday when it's calmer, or brave it on Friday night when it's in full-on party mode, filled with revellers touting "go cups"—plastic containers which allow drinks purchased in bars to be consumed on the street. — Tamara Hinson

First Known Use of go-cup

1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Go-cup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go-cup. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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