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spirits of wine

alcohol (def 1).
Origin of spirits of wine
1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • spirits-of-wine is among the few things that can always be got of satisfactory quality and at moderate cost in every foreign port.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • While the actors and fiddlers were going on, most of the spirits-of-wine lamps on altars went out.

    The Second Funeral of Napoleon William Makepeace Thackeray (AKA "Michael Angelo Titmarch")
British Dictionary definitions for spirits-of-wine

spirits of wine

(functioning as singular or pl) another name for alcohol (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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