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short black (plural short blacks)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand) A small cup or glass of espresso coffee.
    • 1999, Donna Hay, Marie Claire: Food Fast, Murdoch Books, Australia, page 118,
      For a real kick, add a generous teaspoon of vanilla to a strong short black—great for after dinner.
    • 2010, Randa Abdel-Fattah, Noah′s Law, page 42,
      She took a sip and sputtered.
      ‘I ordered a short black. What the hell is this?’
    • 2010, Elizabeth Martin, Elizabeth Martin, Boomerang Press, Australia, page 179,
      I started the week well with my resolution of cutting back on coffee. I had my morning coffee at the Red Raisin, a short black with lunch, an iced tea for my afternoon break, then a pick-me-up before the evening rush.

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