near beer


Definition of near beer 

: any of various malt liquors considered nonalcoholic because they contain less than a specified percentage of alcohol

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These are near beer compared to the photographic images. Mark Feeney,, "The face of 19th-century America," 5 Apr. 2018 But near beer should, in time, be good for the industry’s health. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Alcohol-Free Beer Could Give Brewers a Buzz," 4 Aug. 2017

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1909, in the meaning defined above

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