jake-leg paralyses

jake

2 [jeyk]
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:
1925–30, Americanism; apparently alteration of jamaica (ginger)

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

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