cupboard cupboard  /ˈkə bərd/


  • (n) a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space


  1. Her next was to make Harry a naive hero, plucked from ignominious obscurity--the spidery cupboard under his awful relatives' stairs--and challenged to greatness.
  2. Instead of being a tidy paragon of organization, your closet is merely a glorified cupboard with delusions of urbanity, a cramped vision of messy modern living.
  3. For 10 years, Harry lives in the cupboard under the stairs and is subjected to cruel mistreatment by Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon and their son Dudley.


  1. WCS hoopsters prepare for success

    Despite bidding farewell to his top rebounder, scorer and shot blocker — all in one player — third-year Wesleyan Christian School head girls basketball coach Keith Wiersig has plenty of reason to be optimistic about next season. Summer league play at Barnsdall — and at a Tulsa team camp — has proven the Lady Mustangs’ cupboard is far from wanting.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

  2. Salvation Army calls for food donations

    GREENVILLE — The cupboard is getting bare at The Salvation Army, and officers there are putting out the call for food donations.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Delta Democrat Times

  3. Easy Terrarium

    The Garden team of the country cupboard creates a beautiful terrarium that is practically maintenance free. The Country Cupboard in...
    on June 8, 2013     Source: WNEP 16 Pennsylvania

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  1. Vince Cable, the business secretary, said: "I fear that a lot of bad news about the public finances has been hidden and stored up for the new government. The skeletons are starting to fall out of the cupboard."
    on May 15, 2010 By: Vince Cable Source: Times Online

  2. "There are many skeletons dangling in Botham's cupboard, ranging from stories of drug-taking to general thuggery, and if he keeps peddling his lies, there's every chance more of these stories will emerge," Chappell wrote in an article in the...
    on Oct 23, 2007 By: Ian Chappell Source:

  3. A shaken Satchwell said terrified guests locked themselves in toilet cubicles as dead bodies lay outside and "people were being shot in the hallways". "The staff let us hide in a service cupboard between the two bathrooms. We sat in there...
    on Nov 26, 2008 By: Brooke Satchwell Source: The Age

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