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liquor, malt liquor, or the like, especially whiskey.
Historical Examples

By eight o’clock, however, he was merry with the barley-bree, and making a butt of himself to amuse the company.
The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown

What more poetical life can there be than that of the men with whom we are now quaffing the barley-bree?
Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2) John Wilson


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