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  • n. Low-end gin, usually home-made.
  • n. Complete and utter ruin, desolation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. utter ruin; also, gin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cant name for gin, rum, etc., especially when bad.


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  • $25,000,000 a day to keep this march going over dead Germans; then comes a telegram predicting blue ruin for American importers and a cheerless Christmas for American children if a cargo of German toys be not quickly released at Rotterdam, and I dimly recall the benevolent unction with which American children last Christmas sent

    The Life and Letters of Walter H Page


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  • MissA, is there an implication that it might be moonshine?

    July 16, 2008

  • Inferior alcohol, especially gin.
    Also, a catastrophe, complete ruin, disaster, disgrace.

    slang c. 1920

    July 16, 2008