Old man

In Calypso Bloom imagines young curates "rinsing empties and old man in the cellar." Annotators have disagreed about the meaning of that last phrase. Most likely it refers simply to employees cleaning the taproom equipment, but some have inferred that they are swilling the beer left over in customers' glasses, or collecting it and selling it to new customers.

John Hunt 2021

Source: onthegrid.city.