from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any kind of drink of poor quality.
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I lowered my face to my hands in a belly-wash of sadness and squeezed my eyes to blackness, striving for the dullness my ears had found but brilliant flashes of my old life splashed across the black like a crazy, chopped-up movie running double-fast.
If it'll make her happy to not drink, an 'onhappy to drink -- the way I look at it, it's a damned mean man that would pay for his own belly-wash with his wife's happiness!
"They ain't nothin 'to drink but belly-wash in this town," said Andy boyishly.