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strong waters

plural noun
an archaic name for alcoholic drink
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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  • The eunuchs brought cordials, strong waters, and pungent perfumes.

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • Claret for youth, say I, sack for maturity, and strong waters in old age.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Did I have but a pipe of stinging tobacco and a jugful of strong waters I'd be content.

    The Young Cavalier Percy F. Westerman
  • Where is she to buy her souchong, or her strong waters, except from us!

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Accustomed to the use of "strong waters," they brought their tastes and their habits to the Colony.

  • Even before he appeared, a reek of strong waters had preceded him.

    The Lady of the Aroostook William Dean Howells
  • We assured him that strong waters were no temptation, held no charm; yet twice four cups had been taken if needed.

    Glories of Spain Charles W. Wood
  • All the Feringhis lay in a plentiful store of the strong waters.

    Barclay of the Guides Herbert Strang
  • The snows of more than thirty winters have whitened our valley, since we have abstained from the strong waters of the pale-faces.

  • There were Spanish wines, white and red mead, Puaz and strong waters.

    Andrew Marvell Augustine Birrell

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