This page is about the slang term turps
alcohol, alcoholic drinks
- My mate Barry was on the turps for years before he started going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
- When I saw Bruce, I said "Geez mate, you don't look too hot. Get stuck into the turps last night, did ya?"
Origin: short for "turpentine", a distilled oil used in mixing paints. Turpentine is not an alcoholic drink, but its smell seems to remind people of a very cheap form of industrial alcohol, and the word "turps" has become a humorous reference to very cheap and strong forms of alcohol.
This is typically used in Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
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Contributor: Matt Errey