noun Date: 1817 strong alcoholic liquor

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  • firewater — ► NOUN informal ▪ strong alcoholic liquor …   English terms dictionary

  • firewater — ☆ firewater [fīr′wôt΄ər, fīr′wät΄ər ] n. [calque of Ojibwa ishkodewaaboo, ardent spirits (rum, brandy, whiskey) < ishkodew , fire + aaboo, water, liquid] alcoholic beverage: now humorous …   English World dictionary

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  • firewater —    whisky    As well as burning your throat and your guts, it is flammable:     Would I be consultant in exchange for a generous consignment of firewater? (Private Eye, September 1981) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • firewater — /fuyeur waw teuhr, wot euhr/, n. alcoholic drink; liquor. [1820 30; FIRE + WATER; prob. a trans. of an expression in an Algonquian language, as Ojibwa iškote·wa·po· whiskey (earlier, other distilled liquors), equiv. to iškote·w , comb. form of… …   Universalium

  • firewater — noun a) High proof alcohol, usually whiskey , especially in the context of its sale to or consumption by Native Americans. (a Native American term, a calque of the Ojibwa word ishkodewaaboo, ishkodew meaning fire and aaboo meaning water/liquid ) …   Wiktionary

  • firewater — fire|wa|ter [ˈfaıəˌwo:tə US ˈfaırˌwo:tər, ˌwa: ] n [U] informal a strong alcoholic drink, such as ↑whisky …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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