spirits


spirits
   1. a man's semen
   In obsolete use, the essence of maleness, whence the symbol of courage:
    Much use of Venus doth dim the light... The cause of dimness is the expense of spirits. (Bacon, 1627)
   The modern spunk has the same duality of meaning.
   2. spirituous intoxicant
   Literally, no more than any liquid in the form of a distillation or essence:
    He gave me a piece of an honey-comb, and a little bottle of spirits. (Bunyan, 1684)
   Now generically of whisky, gin, rum, vodka, brandy, schnapps, etc.:
    'Spirits don't seem to agree with you.' 'They differed from me sharply this time.' (Amis, 1978)

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