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torpedo juice

noun phrase

Liquor made from whatever ingredients were available; improvised alcoholic military drink

[WWII armed forces; fr the fact that torpedoes were fueled with very pure grain alcohol, and juice commonly means ''fuel'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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