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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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


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

    April 14, 2009

  • "...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