swill-belly

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swill +‎ belly

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swill-belly (plural swill-bellies)

  1. (obsolete) A drunkard.
    • 1599, Dekker, Thomas, The Shoemaker's Holiday, act 4, scene 5; Rhys, Ernest, editor, Thomas Dekker[1], unexpurgated edition, London: Vizetelly & Co, 1887, page 63:
      I'll not account of her as of my child. / Was there no better object for her eyes / But a foul drunken lubber, swill-belly, / A shoemaker? That's brave!

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