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bouse1

or bowse

[bous, bouz] /baʊs, baʊz/
verb (used with object), boused, bousing. Nautical
1.
to haul with tackle.
Origin of bouse1
1585-1595
1585-95; of uncertain origin

bouse2

or bowse

[booz, bouz] /buz, baʊz/
noun
1.
liquor or drink.
2.
a drinking bout; carouse.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), boused, bousing.
3.
to drink, especially to excess.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English bous strong drink < Middle Dutch būsen drink to excess; cf. booze
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  • The wandering beggar says "skimish" for drink, but city beggars say "bouse."

    Beggars W. H. (William Henry) Davies
  • Booze, or bouse, is supposed to come from the Dutch buysen, though the word has been in use in England for some hundreds of years.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
British Dictionary definitions for bouse

bouse

/baʊz/
verb
1.
(transitive) (nautical) to raise or haul with a tackle
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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