she been

shebeen

[shuh-been]
noun Scot., Irish English, South African.
a tavern or house where liquor is sold illegally.

Origin:
1780–90; < Irish síbín illicit whiskey, place where such whiskey is sold (ellipsis from teach síbín shebeen house), orig., a unit of measure < English chopin1

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shebeen or shebean (ʃɪˈbiːn)
 
n
1.  (Irish), (Scot), (South African) a place where alcoholic drink is sold illegally
2.  (in Ireland) alcohol, esp home-distilled whiskey, sold without a licence
3.  (in South Africa) a place where Black African men engage in social drinking
4.  (in the US and Ireland) weak beer
 
[C18: from Irish Gaelic síbín beer of poor quality]
 
shebean or shebean
 
n
 
[C18: from Irish Gaelic síbín beer of poor quality]

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shebeen
"cabin where unlicensed liquor is sold and drunk," c.1787, chiefly in Ireland and Scotland, from Ir. seibin "small mug," also "bad ale," dim. of seibe "mug, bottle, liquid measure."
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