The Alternative English Dictionary: Adam's ale

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Adam's ale etymology Attested 1643.{{R:Phrase Finder|24300|Adam’s ale}} Reference to the only drink available to Adam, the first man in the biblical tradition, while in Eden.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  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.
Synonyms: Adam's wine
  • salaamed

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