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[cf. OED switchel US (origin unknown. Cf. swizzle) A drink made of molasses and water, sometimes with vinegar, ginger or rum added; also applied to various strong drinks sweetened and flavoured; cf. Brit. dial. North switch to make drunk EDD, and OED swinge to drink up obs. slang → 1649; US dial. North switchel same drink ADD; DAE idem 1790 →; by /l, r/ alternation]

n. a drink made of lime juice, water and sugar: 1976 A pitcher of "switcher" (Eneas 37). Also SWIDGER, SWIDGY, SWIDGY WATER cf. SWIDGEL (Black)

Tags: food, noun

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Last update: 2011-10-31 20:09
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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