Definition of rotgut in English:



  • Poor-quality and potentially toxic alcoholic liquor.

    • ‘Smoke a field of tobacco and drink an ocean of rotgut and you still won't have the voice he does, because a gravelly rasp isn't enough without the hard-earned perspective that informs it.’
    • ‘When the heart truly aches, it doesn't matter whether you're drinking single-malt scotch or rotgut.’
    • ‘If asked to put a name to their poison, they'd call rye, corn, booze, hooch, eel juice or rotgut.’
    • ‘You can order the cheapest rotgut in the house and the bartender will not smirk at you, he'll probably think you're tough.’
    • ‘No, when you face an airport delay, you're entitled to rest, recreation and rotgut.’
    • ‘You try mixing Thunderbird and rotgut bourbon and see how you feel.’
    • ‘An accomplished master of the month-long bender, his genteel appearance belies his taste for corn liquor and high proof rotgut.’
    • ‘He said it was the liquor, rum and rotgut, which made him ill, but I reckon it was something worse.’
    • ‘He made good money, but what his sweat earned went for rotgut and other brews; he never saved a penny.’
    • ‘After all, the whole lime/salt ritual was originally meant to mask the taste of rotgut tequila.’
    • ‘Cape brandy held its own as a basic South Africa rotgut to be found in colonial clubs and drink cabinets, in the hovels of workers on western Cape farms, and in the huts of African chiefs.’
    • ‘The bank robber enlists an equally seedy character and, over a bottle of rotgut, the two agree to become partners.’
    • ‘Even the meanest brand of rotgut can be made agreeable with enough ice and water.’
    • ‘I would not have been able to make it through my first New Year's Eve here without streams of the vodka rotgut.’
    • ‘This, however, was not run of the mill saloon rotgut.’
    • ‘He drank his share of prohibition rotgut, I doubt if the shine will faze him.’
    • ‘To call him a songwriter is near blasphemy; this clever child was raised on Anisette instead of murky American rotgut and it shows.’
    • ‘The jails are turned loose and the drunk-tank vagabonds gain the street, full of rotgut and the heat of morning.’
    • ‘He downed the third beaker of jhana, the local rotgut.’
    • ‘I observed crowds of party-animal stockbrokers knocking back cups of sweet-potato shochu, and shochu infused with Turkish apricots, both of which tasted more or less like fiery rotgut to me.’
    alcohol, alcoholic drink, liquor, intoxicating liquor, drink, strong drink, spirits, intoxicants
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