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hard liquor

noun phrase

Whiskey, rum, gin, brandy, etc., as distinct from wine and beer; spirits; strong waters (1879+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • hard liquor was supposed to be forbidden, but they made their own.

    Badge of Infamy Lester del Rey
  • hard liquor has no place on the refreshment list of a class whose life is dependent on a clear brain and a sure hand and foot.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • Let hard liquor crouch and tremble in its rathskeller below the sidewalk!

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
  • And the amount of hard liquor consumed on election days and county court days was also a deterrent.

  • She was as stingy with her language as if it had been hard liquor.

    Believe You Me! Nina Wilcox Putnam
Idioms and Phrases with hard liquor

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.
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