spirits of wine

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noun

Origin of spirits of wine

First recorded in 1745–55
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Examples from the Web for spirits of wine

  • Spirits-of-wine is among the few things that can always be got of satisfactory quality and at moderate cost in every foreign port.

  • While the actors and fiddlers were going on, most of the spirits-of-wine lamps on altars went out.

    The Second Funeral of Napoleon|William Makepeace Thackeray (AKA "Michael Angelo Titmarch")

British Dictionary definitions for spirits of wine

spirits of wine


noun

(functioning as singular or plural) another name for alcohol (def. 1)
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