usquebaugh

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Etymology[edit]

From Irish, Scottish Gaelic uisge beatha (water of life).

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Noun[edit]

usquebaugh (plural usquebaughs)

  1. Whisky.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
      You’re darned witty. Three drams of usquebaugh you drank with Dan Deasy’s ducats.
    • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, page 70:
      ‘Get some blankets round him, Shem. And hand me the usquebaugh.’
    • 1993, Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford:
      Kit coughed over a noggin of usquebaugh.