from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cup or drink taken before going to bed; a “nightcap.”
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At the same moment the landlord again appeared, and, with more of the usual manners of a publican than he had hitherto exhibited, commanded his waiter, Geoffrey, to hand round to the company a sleeping drink, or pillow-cup of distilled water, mingled with spices, which was indeed as good as Philipson himself had ever tasted.
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