dated slang Liquor, especially cheap whiskey. The hard-boiled detective sat sipping tonsil paint at the seedy dive bar, waiting for his informant to arrive. Give the man some tonsil paint to deaden the pain till a doctor can be fetched.
tonsil paintand tonsil varnish
n. liquor; whiskey. The cowboy had to have his daily dose of tonsil paint before he stuffed his face full of beans and hardtack. This tonsil varnish would take the paint off a barn.