One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, under which the sale of alcohol was prohibited in the U.S. between 1920 and 1933, regarded as an experiment in social engineeering; prohibition under these terms.
1920s; earliest use found in The New York Times. Apparently alluding to a letter, later repeated in a speech by former U.S. President Herbert Hoover; see quot. 1928.
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