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[puh-theen, -teen, -cheen, poh-] /pəˈθin, -ˈtin, -ˈtʃin, poʊ-/
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  • potheen, whisky made in an illicit still, once a favourite drink in Ireland, now almost unattainable.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • By the way, it would be unpardonable to quit Connemara without recording its "potheen."

  • These libations, assisted by potheen and pipe, make us very cheery in the smoke-room.

    A Little Tour In Ireland S. Reynolds Hole
  • She sipped the potheen, ate a little bacon and cold potatoes, and presently declared herself well again.

    Light O' The Morning L. T. Meade
  • Oh, they'd soon knock all that out of him; besides, isn't he one of these potheen boys?

  • The teapot having taken to leaking, as Biddy said, she had made the tea in the potheen jug.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • The potheen and the potatoes—what would Ireland be without 'em?

    Light O' The Morning L. T. Meade
  • The raal Irishman has fire enough in his bluid; but there's no denying a glass of potheen is the stuff to regulate it.

    Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals William H. Armstrong
  • He knew, by the simple taste, when the potheen was sufficiently "above proof."

    Bits of Blarney R. Shelton Mackenzie
  • Some fishermen rescued him with their seine, poured some potheen down his throat, and carried him home on a piece of tarpaulin.

British Dictionary definitions for potheen


/pɒˈtiːn; pɒˈθiːn/
a rare variant of poteen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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