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usquebaugh

[uhs-kwi-baw, -bah] /ˈʌs kwɪˌbɔ, -ˌbɑ/
noun
1.
(in Scotland and Ireland) whiskey.
Origin of usquebaugh
1575-1585
1575-85; < Irish uisce beatha or Scots Gaelic uisge beatha; see whiskey
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  • His wife departed, muttering to herself, and the reverend Gideon pulled out of his capacious pocket a flask of usquebaugh.

    Audrey Mary Johnston
  • I shall want a bottle or two of sack, and a flask of usquebaugh.

    Jack Sheppard, Vol. III (of III) W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • A mutchkin o' usquebaugh for ilka man,' shouted a burly flesher, ''tis mair heartenin'.'

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease
  • Three drams of usquebaugh you drank with Dan Deasy's ducats.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • But her diseased mind required stronger stimulants, and sought them in gallantry, in basset, and in usquebaugh.

  • I'll give you time, as he said to me, when first he taught me to like usquebaugh.

    The Absentee Maria Edgeworth
  • The world loved him, and he saw no reason why he should not in return love its venison and its usquebaugh.

  • "If usquebaugh can mend her, no doubt the recovery will be rapid," answered the Major, laughing.

    Mount Royal, Volume 1 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • I have just received your letter of the 2nd, with the usquebaugh, for which I am much obliged to you.

    Memoirs of the Courts and Cabinets of George the Third The Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
  • I had been losing cursedly at cards that day, and mine host's wine had a dash of usquebaugh in it, I dare swear.

    The Master of Appleby Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for usquebaugh

usquebaugh

/ˈʌskwɪˌbɔː/
noun
1.
(Irish) the former name for whiskey
2.
(Scot) the former name for whisky
3.
an Irish liqueur flavoured with coriander
Word Origin
C16: from Irish Gaelic uisce beathadh or Scot Gaelic uisge beatha water of life
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