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malt +‎ worm?


maltworm (plural maltworms)

  1. A tippler; a drinker of alcohol.
    • c. 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2, Act II: Scene 4: 1644
      The fiend hath prick'd down Bardolph irrecoverable; and his face is Lucifer's privy-kitchen, where he doth nothing but roast malt-worms.

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