demon rum

noun

Definition of demon rum 

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

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1799, in the meaning defined above

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