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[vol-sted, vohl-] /ˈvɒl stɛd, ˈvoʊl-/
Andrew Joseph, 1860–1946, U.S. legislator.
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post-Volstead, adjective
pre-Volstead, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This is the wisdom which moves them to secret laughter when they find their brothers in the throes of Volstead and Krafts.

    Nonsenseorship G. G. Putnam and Others
  • After all, there is no reason why the old-established houses should not go on doing a good business on a Volstead basis.

    Plum Pudding Christopher Morley
  • And now with this Volstead act being pushed so hard it's kind of inconvenient gettin' a crowd of men into the right frame of mind.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • That is, he was in the good old days when Mr. Volstead was only a name towards the end of roll call.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • Even before the Volstead act liquor was spiritually a prescription rather than a beverage.

    Seeing Things at Night Heywood Broun
  • But in spite of Mr. Volstead there was a bit of "golden water" to be had, and it saved the day.

    My Wonderful Visit Charlie Chaplin
  • This was long before anybody had ever heard of the now illustrious Mr. Volstead.

    Turns about Town Robert Cortes Holliday
  • You may remember that King Cole called for his bowl just as if there were no such thing as a Volstead amendment.

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
Word Origin and History for Volstead

in reference to Prohibition legislation in U.S., 1920, from U.S. Rep. Andrew J. Volstead (1860-1947), Republican of Minnesota, who introduced the bill in 1919 that prohibited the manufacture, transportation, and sale of beverages containing more than 0.5 percent alcohol.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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