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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bla&cgrave;k Strap.
 
Bad port wine. A sailor’s name for any bad liquor. In North America, “Black-strap” is a mixture of rum and molasses, sometimes vinegar is added.   1
        “The seething blackstrap was pronounced ready for use.”—Pinkerton: Molly Maguires, chap. xvii. p. 174.
 


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