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Adam's ale

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noun Facetious.
  1. water.
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Origin of Adam's ale

First recorded in 1635–45
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British Dictionary definitions for adam's ale

Adam's ale

Adam's wine

noun
  1. old-fashioned, jocular water
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Word Origin

C17: from the name of the first man to appear in the Old Testament
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