One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A drink made from water and a boiled barley mixture, usually flavoured with orange or lemon.
- ‘He normally drinks barley water or fresh orange juice anyway.’
- ‘If not, put the racket down, step away from the Robinson's barley water and head for the cosmetics counter.’
- ‘They must hate the way that the players drink orange barley water.’
- ‘Barley sugar is a sweet which was originally prepared from flavoured barley water made into a syrup with sugar and boiled to the verge of caramelization.’
- ‘After a long week at work I am desperate for a glass of wine, so getting stuck into a lemon barley water on a Friday night seems rather sad.’
- ‘Dickens could really pack it away, Thackeray did two or three bottles of wine at lunch and Evelyn Waugh started at 10 in the morning with gin and orange barley water.’
- ‘Water, barley water and tender coconut water are safe options.’
- ‘And when you are entering your teens, making all that fuss about the adolescent equivalent of martini (‘a lemon barley water, shaken not stirred’) smacks of premature fustiness.’
- ‘All of which taste like watered down barley water with a bit of an alcoholic kick.’
- ‘I try to light a cigarette, but they are soaked with barley water and won't light.’
- ‘In the end it was her failure to dislodge a giant cardboard bottle of barley water in the Racket and Ball ‘shooting gallery’ which cost Williams the match.’
- ‘In those days players did not sit down at the change of ends, but simply wiped the perspiration away, downed a mouthful of barley water and got on with it.’
- ‘I think there's a big tournament on in SW London at the moment, because the BBC have wiped half their usual programmes off the screen in favour of a squad of white-clad barley water drinkers.’
- ‘And the de rigueur fixer upper at such an establishment would be the house pour barley water, served from a mini sized jug into shot glasses.’
- ‘Babies were fed on a variety of foods, including diluted cream, buttermilk, barley water and bread and milk.’
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