from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Poor, washy beer; a kind of small beer; hence, by extension, malt liquor in general.

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  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of swipe.


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  • "...they all lived on ship's provisions and, since the ship was still in home waters, they drank not grog but small beer or swipes, smaller day by day..."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Letter of Marque, 61

    February 27, 2008

  • Public School Slang: the boy who serves beer at supper.

    April 14, 2009