fire-water

firewater

[fahyuhr-waw-ter, -wot-er]
noun
alcoholic drink; liquor.

Origin:
1820–30; fire + water; probably a translation of an expression in an Algonquian language, as Ojibwa iškote·wa·po· whiskey (earlier, other distilled liquors), equivalent to iškote·w-, combining form of iškote· fire + -a·po· liquid

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firewater (ˈfaɪəˌwɔːtə)
 
n
any strong spirit, esp whisky

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