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strong waters

plural noun
an archaic name for alcoholic drink
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  • Claret for youth, say I, sack for maturity, and strong waters in old age.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Where is she to buy her souchong, or her strong waters, except from us!

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • You have lost your head, my friend, since you took to cards and strong waters.

    Mohawks, Volume 3 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Even before he appeared, a reek of strong waters had preceded him.

    The Lady of the Aroostook William Dean Howells
  • All the Feringhis lay in a plentiful store of the strong waters.

    Barclay of the Guides Herbert Strang
  • There were Spanish wines, white and red mead, Puaz and strong waters.

    Andrew Marvell

    Augustine Birrell
  • Can you think of no lace where we could get a drop of wine or strong waters?'

    The Chaplet of Pearls Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Beer for the lads of the forest, mead for the gleeman, strong waters for the tinker, and wine for the rest.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • As surely as Mr. Gough is alive now, our ancestresses were accustomed to partake pretty freely of strong waters.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • He opened the strong waters and drank bottle after bottle until he had emptied nine.

    Mighty Mikko Parker Fillmore

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