Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cup n.

SE in slang uses

With ref. to drunkenness

In compounds

cupman (n.)

[mid–late 19C] a drunkard.

cup-shaken (adj.) (also cup-sprung, cup-stricken)

[early–mid-17C] drunk.

cupshot (adj.) (also cupshotten) [fig. shot by one’s consumption of cups]

[mid-16C–mid-19C] drunk.

cupsweat (adj.)

[mid-19C] (UK Und.) drunk.

In phrases

cup too low, a [the person needs another cup to become more loquacious]

[late 17C–early 18C] describing someone who remains silent in company.

General uses

In compounds

cup and can (n.) [a cup is filled from a can; thus one friend nourishes the other]

[mid-16C–mid-19C] great friends.

cup-tosser (n.)

1. [mid-19C] a juggler.

2. [mid–late 19C] a fortune-teller who uses tea leaves (occas. coffee grounds) as a medium of prediction.