near-beer

near beer

noun
any of several malt beverages that are similar to beer but are usually considered nonalcoholic because they have an alcoholic content of less than ½ percent.

Origin:
1905–10, Americanism

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near-beer definition


  1. n.
    beer with less than 1/2 percent alcohol content. (Originally from the Prohibition era.) : You can drink a lot of near-beer without getting drunk.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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