hard liquor

Idioms & Phrases

hard liquor

Distilled alcoholic beverages, such as gin or whiskey. For example, We're serving wine and beer but no hard liquor. The hard here refers to their high alcoholic content, which is also true for hard cider, although the latter is not distilled but has simply fermented.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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