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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DRAM

That dram despatched, he poured him out another, and another.

Had that animal Coupeau gone to the Arc de Triomphe to get his dram?

Mix two drams of the tincture of galls with one dram of lunar caustic, and for marking of linen, use it with a pen as common ink.

Take four ounces of mutton suet, one ounce of bees-wax, one of sweet oil, and a dram each of powdered sugar-candy and gum-arabac.

Dissolve in the mixture three quarters of an ounce of yellow wax, and one dram of camphor, stirring the whole well together.

Corri had a brandy bottle and glass with him, and insisted I should take a dram.

Here Mr. Dempsey pantomimed the action of tossing off a dram.

Three gentlemen being in a coffee-house, one called for a dram, because he was hot.

Of the play they may say what they please, but not so of my costume and dram.

He had a package, which he laid upon the counter while he poured out his dram.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "small weight of apothecary's measure," a phonetic spelling, from Anglo-Latin dragma, Old French drame, from Late Latin dragma, from Latin drachma "drachma," from Greek drakhma "measure of weight," also, "silver coin," literally "handful" (of six obols, the least valuable coins in ancient Athens), akin to drassesthai "to grasp." The fluid dram is one-eighth of a fluid ounce, hence "a small drink of liquor" (1713); Hence dram shop (1725), where liquor was sold by the shot.

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