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boilermaker

[boi-ler-mey-ker] /ˈbɔɪ lərˌmeɪ kər/
noun
1.
a person employed to make and repair boilers or other heavy metal items.
2.
whiskey with beer as a chaser.
Origin of boilermaker
1860-1865
1860-65; boiler + maker
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boilermaker

/ˈbɔɪləˌmeɪkə/
noun
1.
a person who works with metal in heavy industry; plater or welder
2.
(Brit, slang) a beer drink consisting of half of draught mild and half of bottled brown ale
3.
(US, slang) a drink of whisky followed by a beer chaser
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Word Origin and History for boilermaker
n.

"a maker of boilers for engines," 1814, from boiler (n.) + maker. Meaning "shot of whiskey with a glass of beer" is short for boilermaker's delight (1910), strong cheap whiskey, so called in jest from the notion that it would clean the scales from the interior of a boiler.

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Slang definitions & phrases for boilermaker

boilermaker

noun

  1. (also boilermaker and his helper) A drink of whiskey with or in a glass of beer (1930s+)
  2. boilermaker's delight
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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