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 for To put up the spout
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spout \Spout\, n. [Cf. Sw. spruta a squirt, a syringe. See
     Spout, v. t.]
     1. That through which anything spouts; a discharging lip,
        pipe, or orifice; a tube, pipe, or conductor of any kind
        through which a liquid is poured, or by which it is
        conveyed in a stream from one place to another; as, the
        spout of a teapot; a spout for conducting water from the
        roof of a building. --Addison. "A conduit with three
        issuing spouts." --Shak.
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              In whales . . . an ejection thereof [water] is
              contrived by a fistula, or spout, at the head. --Sir
                                                    T. Browne.
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              From silver spouts the grateful liquors glide.
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     2. A trough for conducting grain, flour, etc., into a
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     3. A discharge or jet of water or other liquid, esp. when
        rising in a column; also, a waterspout.
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     To put up the spout, To shove up the spout, or To pop up
     the spout, to pawn or pledge at a pawnbroker's; -- in
        allusion to the spout up which the pawnbroker sent the
        ticketed articles. [Cant]
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