One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Scottish A small drink of whisky or other spirits.‘a wee dram to ward off the winter chill’
drink, nip, tot, sip, thimbleful, mouthful, drop, finger, splash, little, spot, taste, small amountView synonyms
- ‘So who will be enjoying a wee dram and celebrating lower interest rates this weekend, and who will be crying in their beer?’
- ‘Recently, I poured a whisky hack a dram and challenged him to name the region and distillery.’
- ‘The other common cliché is the kilted bagpiper who eats haggis, neeps and tatties when he's not munching shortbread, and sips wee drams of whisky.’
- ‘To serve, slit the haggis down the middle and spoon the gushing entrails on to warmed plates with the clapshot and a wee dram or two.’
- ‘He's part of the generous crew of distillers and bottlers dispensing drams at the 2004 whisky festival.’
- ‘But the majority of malt whisky drinkers want a dram with an identity, a bit of history, a place in the world.’
- ‘While their induction might involve a few drams of malt whisky, they will also experience the office's wonderful rural setting outside Edinburgh just a stone's throw from the Pentland Hills.’
- ‘We had a wee dram of whisky, not much - there was one bottle between 14 of us.’
- ‘They left the ship to tour Islay's Bowmore whisky distillery to enjoy a wee dram or two, while the Princess Royal went on her textile trek.’
- ‘Blended whisky is - as the name suggests - a blend of different whiskies from different distilleries to make a lighter dram, and this is the warming drink that originally became so popular around the globe.’
- ‘One sheriff admitted handing out 6000 certificates, for which he was either paid a shilling or given a dram of whisky.’
- ‘It can spot a dodgy dram of whisky, a mucky drop of water or adulterated petrol, in moments.’
- ‘On the deck of our elegant vessel, we savour not-so-wee drams of whisky and gin.’
- ‘He started drinking at 14 when his alcoholic, Glaswegian grandmother would wake him for his 4am milk round with a dram of whisky.’
- ‘The fantastic views, fresh air and amazing sky, plus the generous drams of whisky, combined to produce a truly sublime atmosphere.’
- ‘Big hands, carefully lighting his pipe. Huge fingers, wrapped around a dram of whisky.’
- ‘And when their luck isn't so good (think potato famine), they can console themselves with a wee dram of their own invention - whiskey.’
- ‘Doctors administered two drams of whisky, followed by a dram every hour through the night as they monitored the level of antifreeze in her blood.’
- ‘It was his Scottish granny who introduced him to drink, aged 12, when she would wake him for his 4am milk-round with a dram of whisky.’
- ‘But I refuse, because in the same way you might pour yourself a glass of wine or a dram of whisky, at the end of a hard days work I like nothing more than to skin up a joint and get high.’
2another term for drachm
- ‘The boat record is a whopper of 10 lb 3oz 8 drams, whilst the shore caught best is a fish of 8lb 6oz 14 drams.’
- ‘The current boat record is 4lb 6oz 8 drams, whilst the shore best is 4lb 15 oz 3 drams.’
- ‘It could be measured out in drams, oceans, mountains, worlds, whatever quantum the thought deserved.’
- ‘Make a working solution of the developer by mixing 1 dram of developer stock to one ounce of water, adding a grain of oxalic acid to each ounce.’
- ‘Oil of the seed, given from half a scruple to half a dram, in some liquor, or a spoonful of juice in some wine, taken before the fit comes on, and the person is put to bed, cures quotidians and quartans.’
- ‘Natural record is 25 lb 5oz 12 drams, captured in 1996 from Loch Awe.’
- ‘Despite growing to over twice this size in Europe, the British record has only slowly increased to 19 lb 5oz 8 drams.’
Late Middle English (in dram (sense 2)): from Old French drame or medieval Latin drama, variants of dragme and dragma (see drachm).
The basic monetary unit of Armenia, equal to 100 luma.
- ‘Each coin is of face value Dram 25 and contains 1 troy ounce (31.1 gr.) of 9990 pure fine silver with diameter 38 mm.’
- ‘Armenia's gross domestic product expanded 11.7% year-on-year to 1.16 trillion dram in January-August 2005.’
- ‘Those of you visiting Armenia this summer will notice that the Dram has appreciated a great deal against the US dollar (and even the Euro).’
Armenian, literally ‘coin, money’, from Greek drakhmē drachma.
A memory chip that depends upon an applied voltage to keep the stored data.
Acronym from dynamic random-access memory.
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