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ginger beer

a soft drink similar to ginger ale but containing more ginger flavor.
Origin of ginger beer
First recorded in 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When everybody had played their pieces we had ginger beer and biscuits and went to bed.

    Lost Diaries Maurice Baring
  • Some had cigarettes and the teetotallers had lemonade or ginger beer.

  • Would he dine with me if I had only ginger beer to offer him?

  • Where the case of ginger beer had set there was a mass of wreckage.

    A Ball Player's Career

    Adrian C. Anson
  • In spite of two glasses of ginger beer, my hand is like a spade—I mean a rock.

    Berry And Co. Dornford Yates
  • On the sideboard were some bread and cheese and a bottle of ginger beer.

    The Tempting of Tavernake E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "Isn't the ginger beer beautiful," said she, emptying a glass of champagne.

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
  • An enterprising sweet-stuff dealer in the Chobham Road had sent up his son with a barrow-load of green apples and ginger beer.

    The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells
  • The beer and wine sold had about the same alcoholic content as ginger beer or newly-made bakers' bread.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
  • A dessert-spoonful, thrown into a tumbler two thirds filled with cold water, produces an excellent glass of ginger beer.

British Dictionary definitions for ginger beer

ginger beer

a slightly alcoholic drink made by fermenting a mixture of syrup and root ginger
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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