Watching her drown her sorrows in hooch and then get beat up by Crazy Eyes in the showers was ghastly…but great television.
I've be'n nosin' 'round buyin' claims while you be'n layin' abed daytimes sleepin' off the hooch.
"Let me get a shot of hooch, 'Slim,' and I'll tell ya everything," he whimpered.
Do you take this chunk of meat, he directed Tillie, and go down to the saloon and get another bottle of hooch.
Only at intervals and from a distance came the shouting of choruses and the loud "hooch!"
Nor all during the day did he once ask for a drink of hooch.
All you need is to git out in the mountains—an' lay off the hooch.'
Anyone c'n gamble with another man's money, an' eat another man's grub, an' drink another man's hooch.
Kitty told me the hooch had got him right—but she didn't tell it strong enough.
Also many of the young men wanted to trade with the free traders because they could get the hooch.
also hootch, "cheap whiskey," 1897, shortened form of Hoochinoo (1877) "liquor made by Alaskan Indians," from the name of a native tribe in Alaska whose distilled liquor was a favorite with miners in 1898 Klondike gold rush; the tribe's name is said by OED to be from Tlingit Hutsnuwu, literally "grizzly bear fort."
As the supply of whisky was very limited, and the throats down which it was poured were innumerable, it was found necessary to create some sort of a supply to meet the demand. This concoction was known as "hooch"; and disgusting as it is, it is doubtful if it is much more poisonous than the whisky itself. [M.H.E. Hayne, "The Pioneers of the Klondyke," London, 1897]
Liquor; strong drink; booze: and the bottles of hooch, and the free food on the job/ or guzzles hooch that he hides inside a big toy duck
[1897+; fr the liquor made by the Hoochinoo Indians of Alaska]
[Korean & Vietnam War armed forces; fr Japanese uchi, ''house'']