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Jeroboam of Rum or Claret

(A). Eight bottles; but of whisky three pints. Probably a perversion of “joram.” (See Tappit-Hen and Rehoboam.)

“Some `jeroboams' of very old rum went at each; several `tappit-hens, of rum fetched and some `magnums,' 17s. each.” —Truth, 31st March, 1887.

A magnum = 2 quart bottles; a tappithen = 2 magnums; a jeroboam = 2 tappit-hens; and a rehoboam = 2 jeroboams or 16 quart bottles.

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