hard liquor


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.

hard liquor

Any distilled alcoholic beverage, such as whiskey, vodka, gin, etc. "Hard" here is a reference to the higher percentage of alcohol in comparison to wine or beer. Primarily heard in US, Canada. I've learned to steer clear of hard liquor if I want to avoid a hangover the next day!
See also: hard, liquor

hard liquor

Distilled alcoholic beverages, such as gin or whiskey. For example, We're serving wine and beer but no hard liquor. The hard here refers to their high alcoholic content, which is also true for hard cider, although the latter is not distilled but has simply fermented.
See also: hard, liquor

hard liquor

n. potent liquor such as whiskey, gin, rum, etc. Stay off of hard liquor until your stomach feels better.
See also: hard, liquor
References in periodicals archive ?
Diageo, the world's largest liquor company, says it has re-started talks with TV networks that could prepare the ground for hard liquor ads within a matter of months.
Edward Hill, chairman-elect of the American Medical Association, said his organization "will continue monitoring this important issue and will not hesitate to speak out again should more hard liquor advertising make its way to our network airwaves.
Gannett, which owns 22 TV stations, confirmed Wednesday that each local station was free to make its own decision about accepting NBC's hard liquor ads.
An investigation by the Customs revealed that the domestic helper had taken several cans of juice and bottles of hard liquor from the hotel room fridge in the Gulf country and put them in the bag without telling her employers.
Customers can only buy hard liquor by the bottle in 315 state and contract stores.
Adults recognize that the concentration of alcohol in hard liquor can be as much as 10 times greater than in beer.
Where there are quiet stairwells or abandoned alleys, fortune-tellers offer tarot-card readings, inebriation is another form of indulgence common to Kabukicho, the hard liquor and ear-splitting bon-homie that are prerequisites of the male, after-office groups that roam the quarter, quickly turning their complexions into a hue not unlike iron oxide.
Tobacco and hard liquor, once the staples of the detective diet,are way down-indeed, Matt Scudder and Dave Robicheaux spend half their time looking for the next AA meeting-and when alcohol does show up in these stories, it's usually some microbrewery ale.
And hard liquor is now advertised predominantly on Spanish-language television.
Choose your drink or prize of choice, hard liquor, soft drink or gift, and fill in the form online.
Locke's tax plan would raise the tax on a can of soda pop or beer by 5 cents, the wine tax by a quarter or more per bottle, and the excise tax on hard liquor by 5 cents per dollar spent, plus a liter tax increase of $1.
Adding further confusion are TTB's inconsistent standards for beer, wine, and hard liquor, and the abundance of products that increasingly blur those three traditional categories of alcoholic beverages.
In fact there's no hard liquor, just beer, wine and soft drinks.
The standard one drink is equivalent to 12 ounces (one can) of beer, a one-and-a-half ounce shot of hard liquor, or five ounces of wine.
However, wine drinkers enjoyed greater protection than those who regularly imbibed beer or hard liquor.