from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Ardent spirits: a name used by American Indians.


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  • Give 'em some fire-water, Curly, an 'le's talk it over.

    The Passing of Marcus O'Brien 2010

  • I did not go so much on the Schnapps, it was like fire-water but it warmed us up.

    John Keay 2010

  • His calling rum fire-water, and me a pale face, wholly fail to reconcile me to him.

    Reprinted Pieces 2007

  • The wretch had been drinking fire-water in the next box!

    The Virginians 2006

  • And rising from the table he stumped to the inner room where he kept his fire-water under lock and key, and away from the poor Biche, who could not resist that temptation.

    The Virginians 2006

  • Dashing the filthy importunate brutes aside, and, as it were, kicking his ugly remembrances away from him, Mr. Warrington seized a great glass of that fire-water which he had recommended to poor humiliated Parson Sampson, and, flinging off his fine damask robe, rang for the trembling Gumbo, and ordered his coat.

    The Virginians 2006

  • Not necessarily, cf the problems with the word for 'whiskey' in Iroquois languages all 'cognate' compounds meaning 'fire-water'. MUSKOGEAN AND LAMB'S-QUARTERS. 2005

  • I wonder how whisky loving MPs will get by for the next month at their constituency retreats without their favourite fire-water?

    Archive 2005-10-01 Kerron Cross 2005

  • But though he did not go after the fire-water of Bolton Street, neither was he able to satisfy himself with the cool fountain of Onslow Crescent.

    The Claverings 2005

  • Some call it "fire-water" (pronounced with delightful Scottish burr by the proprietress of our honeymoon B&B on the Isle of Skye) but my husband likes its distinctive character.

    epistolary romance 2004


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