One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Thick liquid medicine, especially cough mixture.
- ‘Then I started drinking heavily, smoking cannabis, drinking Temaza linctus which made me go a bit crazy.’
- ‘When these thin, frazzled, frequent flyers contract the lurgy or lethargy, they don't stock up on Lemsip, linctus or Boots multivitamins like the rest of us.’
- ‘I shall attack this with a suitable linctus and hot rum'n'lemon toddies when I've been out shopping tomorrow and after my house viewers have been in the mid-afternoon.’
- ‘I was offered instead a bottle of children's linctus.’
- ‘If I list just five of the 31 possible side effects of Solaraze such as ulcers, dermatitis, hair loss and vomiting, then surely a little bottle of linctus is very small beer.’
- ‘There comes a time, however, when you simply can't face another pill, potion or linctus without throwing up.’
- ‘He asked for a list of drugs, but Mrs Patel could only provide codeine linctus, which can be used by heroin addicts.’
- ‘Pholcodine linctus suppresses dry coughs and simple linctus soothes the throat or tickly cough without any side effects.’
- ‘Traces of cough linctus suggest that he was being looked after.’
- ‘In 1993 I was given a liver function test and later told by the consultant that if I continued with my addiction to the cough linctus, I would definitely die within the next 12 months.’
- ‘To Spilsby this morning, to fetch linctus, lemons and honey for Graham, who has now developed a full-scale summer cough.’
- ‘It'll pass of course, these things always do, and in the meantime I can get by on aspirin, linctus and the occasional hot toddy.’
- ‘This morning I've struggled back in to work armed with a bottle of linctus and a large box of tissues, man-size for man-flu!’
- ‘I'm feeding him freshly-squeezed lemon and honey topped up with boiling water, paracetemol, and pholcodine linctus.’
- ‘Another method described in an ancient text is sugar-candy taken with rice-wash in the form of a linctus to produce sterility in a woman without lessening her passion.’
Late 17th century: from Latin, from lingere ‘to lick’.
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