demon rum

noun

US, old fashioned + humorous
: alcoholic drink : alcohol
It's not like alcohol is some benign entity. The devastation wrought by demon rum has been well-documented for decades, yet no one suggests a return of Prohibition.Teresa Keegan, Denver Post, 5 May 2013
sometimes used with the
… this "Gay Nineties Melodrama" offers up all the elements of an old-fashioned barnstormer, from an innocent country girl heroine named Nellie to a despicable viper named Munro Murgatroyd, who … drives stalwart hero Adam Oakhart to the demon rum.Tom Chesek, Asbury Park (New Jersey) Press, 9 Mar. 2012

Word History

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of demon rum was in 1799

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“Demon rum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demon%20rum. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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