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methylated spirits

or methylated spirit

noun, (usually used with a singular verb)
ethyl alcohol denatured with methyl alcohol for the purpose of preventing its use as an alcoholic beverage.
Origin of methylated spirits
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Now pour in some methylated spirits and shake occasionally until the wax is all dissolved.

  • Then I cunningly disposed the methylated spirits in the places most likely to smell.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • Violets were on sale at every corner, and the atmosphere was impregnated with an intoxicating perfume of methylated spirits.

  • If the pens are intended to be lacquered they are placed in a solution of shellac dissolved in methylated spirits.

  • Ruling inks are made to dry quickly by using half a gill of methylated spirits to every pint of ink.

    Paper and Printing Recipes J. Sawtelle Ford
  • methylated spirits is alcohol adulterated in several ways to render it unfit for human consumption.

  • One gallon of the methylated spirits, costing four shillings and sixpence, will suffice for this during six weeks.

  • Miss Rutherford lit the methylated spirits in the upper part of the Primus stove.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • A lick of methylated spirits in each, a match, and the choking blue reek rises.

    From Chart House to Bush Hut Charles W. L. Bryde
  • Then Richards spent an hour or so in rubbing Hayward with methylated spirits, which did him a world of good.

    South! Sir Ernest Shackleton
British Dictionary definitions for methylated spirits

methylated spirits

(functioning as singular or pl) alcohol that has been denatured by the addition of methanol and pyridine and a violet dye Also called metho, meths
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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