jake leg


2 [jeyk]
noun Slang.
a homemade or bootleg liquor made from or infused with Jamaica ginger, especially during Prohibition in the U.S.
Also called jake leg, jake-leg paralysis. paralysis caused by drinking this or other liquor made with denatured alcohol.

1925–30, Americanism; apparently alteration of jamaica (ginger)

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jake (dʒeɪk)
1.  satisfactory; all right
2.  she's jake everything is under control
[probably from the name Jake]

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jake definition

  1. n.
    a toilet; a men's restroom. : The jake is just around the corner.
  2. n.
    a stupid person, usually a male. : Some loony jake told me we are going the wrong way.
  3. mod.
    okay; satisfactory. : If you get here by nine, it'll be just jake.
  4. n.
    illegal liquor. (Prohibition.) : Why, there's no jake around here. There's a law against it, you know.
  5. n.
    a police officer. (Possibly from sense 2.) : The jakes are coming. I can hear the sirens.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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