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noun Chiefly Scot.
  1. liquor, malt liquor, or the like, especially whiskey.
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Origin of barley-bree

First recorded in 1780–90
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Historical Examples

  • What more poetical life can there be than that of the men with whom we are now quaffing the barley-bree?

    Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)

    John Wilson

  • By eight o'clock, however, he was merry with the barley-bree, and making a butt of himself to amuse the company.