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noun (functioning as singular)
  1. British short for turpentine (def. 3)
  2. Australian and NZ slang alcoholic drink, esp beer (esp in the phrase on the turps)
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Examples from the Web for turps

Historical Examples

  • "I rubbed it out with turps and the knife," faltered Bessie.

    The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition

    Rudyard Kipling

  • He had a piece of clean rag in his tool bag, and there was a can of turps in the room.

  • The butter on the plates was horrid, and instead of the proper drying-cloth she got hold of a painting-rag, with turps on it.

    Gray youth

    Oliver Onions

  • Next wipe away all the black ink and turps, still using no water for this operation.

    Practical Lithography

    Alfred Seymour

  • There is no good in taking up with the brush a large quantity of lye or turps, and to shed it at once.