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jake2

[jeyk] /dʒeɪk/
noun, Slang.
1.
a homemade or bootleg liquor made from or infused with Jamaica ginger, especially during Prohibition in the U.S.
2.
Also called jake leg, jake-leg paralysis. paralysis caused by drinking this or other liquor made with denatured alcohol.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30, Americanism; apparently alteration of jamaica (ginger)
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British Dictionary definitions for jake-leg

jake

/dʒeɪk/
adjective (Austral & NZ, slang)
1.
satisfactory; all right
2.
she's jake, everything is under control
Word Origin
probably from the name Jake
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Word Origin and History for jake-leg

Jake

colloquial or familiar abbreviation of the masc. proper name Jacob (q.v.). As the typical name of a rustic lout, from 1854. (Jakey still is the typical name for "an Amishman" among the non-Amish of Pennsylvania Dutch country). Slang meaning "excellent, fine" is from 1914, American English, of unknown origin.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jake-leg

jake

adjective

Excellent; very satisfactory; hunky-dory: She said the whole college seemed jake to her

adverb

: You never can tell on a day like this, things could be goin' jake one minute, then presto, before you know it you're history

[1914+ Underworld; origin unknown]


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