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Black Strap


Bad port wine. A sailor’s name for any bad liquor. In North America, “Black-strap” is a mixture of rum and molasses, sometimes vinegar is added.

“The seething blackstrap was pronounced ready for use.”—Pinkerton: Molly Maguires, chap. xvii. p. 174.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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