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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.
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First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
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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
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