turps

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Shortened from turpentine

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turps (uncountable)

  1. (informal) Turpentine or turpentine substitute.
  2. (slang, Australia, New Zealand) Any alcoholic drink.
    • 2005, Paul Smitz, Australia & New Zealand on a Shoestring, page 72,
      Generally, big nights on the turps take place in The Rocks and around Kings Cross — where you'll hear and smell the action pretty quickly.
    • 2006, Gregor Paul, Hard Men Fight Back: Kiwi Sportsmen Who Beat the Odds to Live Their Dream, page 199,
      Crazy sessions on the turps were all part of the culture.
    • 2010, Alex Bartoli, Rachel: A Story of Obsessive Love : A Novel, page 110,
      She caught my eye, and called out, “Just showing off the studio. Keep the turps flowing.”

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