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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firewater definition


  1. n.
    whiskey. (From cowboy and Indian talk.) : This firewater leaves a lot to be desired.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
The dining room is casual, the food simple but generous, with wine from nearby
  and the offer of some firewater after dinner.
Only ultra low sulfur diesel fuel shall be fired in the emergency generator and
  the firewater pump.
On-road specification diesel will be the only fuel for the emergency generator
  and firewater pump.
The only source of other pollutants will be an emergency firewater pump that
  will operate on diesel fuel.
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