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  • Uncle Jack

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    British English
    A good question! It is difficult to think of anything in common between 'food' and 'liquids', let alone things that are like either without actually being food or liquid.

    'Or the like' is a very vague term, far more so than 'or similar', and in this case is used to mean 'but not exclusively so'.
     

    Linkway

    Senior Member
    British English
    The important point is that it is still a bowl regardless of what anyone might put in it.

    The mention of specific substances is to ILLUSTRATE its typical uses - not an essential part of the definition.
     

    Hildy1

    Senior Member
    English - US and Canada
    Some people use a small bowl to contain coins, rings, keys, pins, etc. I don't know whether that counts as "the like".
     
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