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Geneva Courage

Pot valour; the braggadocio which is the effect of having drunk too much gin. Gin is a corrupt contraction of Geneva, or, rather, of genièvre. The juniper-berry at one time used to flavour the extract of malt in the manufacture of gin. It may be used still in some qualities of gin. (See Dutch Courage.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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