To line with Babbitt material
- line with a Babbitt metal
- an alloy of tin with copper and antimony; a lining for bearings that decreases friction
- To line with Babbitt metal.
"main-stream, complacent, materialistic US businessman," 1923, from George Babbitt, title character of Sinclair Lewis' novel (1922). His name ended up being George F. Babbitt. He was forty-six years of age today, in April 1920, in which he made absolutely nothing particularly, neither butter nor shoes nor poetry, but he was nimble when you look at the selling of houses to get more cash than individuals could afford to pay. [Sinclair Lewis, "Babbitt," 1922]
(v. t.) To line with material.