Adam's ale

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Attested 1643.[1] Reference to the only drink available to Adam, the first man in the biblical tradition, while in Eden.

NounEdit

Adam's ale (uncountable)

  1. (archaic, humorous) Water.
    • 1643: William Prynne, The Soveraigne Power of Parliaments and Kingdomes
      They have beene shut up in prisons and dungeons [...] allowed onely a poore pittance of Adams Ale, and scarce a penny bread a day to support their lives.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Adam’s ale”, The Phrase Finder, Gary Martin.

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Last modified on 16 June 2013, at 02:01