jake leg

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noun \ˈjāk-ˌleg, -ˌlāg\

Definition of jake leg

  1. :  a paralysis caused by drinking improperly distilled or contaminated liquor

Origin and Etymology of jake leg

jake grain alcohol flavored with an alcoholic extract of ginger


First Known Use: 1932


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jake leg

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noun \ˈjā-ˌkleg, -ˌklāg\

Medical Definition of jake leg

  1. :  a paralysis caused by drinking improperly distilled or contaminated liquor

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