The courage excited by drink; pot valour.
“In the Dutch wars (in the time of Charles II.), ...the captain of
the Hollander man-of-war, when about to engage with our ships,
usually set ... a hogshead of brandy abroach before the mast, and bid
the men drink ... and our men felt the force of the brandy to their
cost.” —Notes and Queries (Oct. 15, 1892, p. 304).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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