Definition of the water of life in US English:

the water of life


  • Whiskey.

    • ‘‘I have drunk of the water of life since my youth,’ the barbarian muttered, then drank of the cup.’
    • ‘After maturing the bourbon, the casks are broken down, packed into containers and shipped to Scotland to a whisky industry thirsty for slightly-used timbers to impart that little bit of extra character to their water of life.’
    • ‘It's not that I don't like the odd tipple, it's more that harsh experience has meant that the water of life is irrevocably linked in my mind to the deathly, debilitating hangover that inevitably follows the next morning.’
    • ‘Now, normally a couple of tablespoons of the water of life glugged into said hot pan will produce entirely acceptable pyrotechnics.’
    • ‘Or is this a clumsy attempt at a makeover for the water of life, something based on the London vodka restaurants that once revolutionised the perception of Russia's finest?’
    • ‘Any careful reading of Burns' poetry, perhaps smoothed by a dram of the water of life, instantly reveals that he intuitively understood the key lessons in managing such strategic change.’
    • ‘And if you stand at the pier at Lagavulin, you will overlook the bay from which a thousand Islay men embarked to help Robert the Bruce give the English a good gubbing at Bannockburn - and who were no doubt well fortified with the water of life.’
    • ‘While Jon and Mark had drunk plenty and were passionate about the water of life, David actually made the stuff.’
    • ‘They have too much of the water of life, although what they say is not nonsense.’
    • ‘We may have enlisted a Spaniard to build our parliament and a German to run our soccer team, but woe betide anyone who meddles with the water of life.’