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John Barleycorn

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noun
  1. a personification of barley as used in malt liquor, of malt liquor itself, or of any intoxicating liquor.
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Origin of John Barleycorn

First recorded in 1610–20
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John Barleycorn

noun
  1. usually jocular the personification of alcohol, esp of malt spirits
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