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Nightcap

(A). A glass of grog before going to bed. Supposed to promote sleep.

“The nightcap is generally a little whisky left in the decanter. To do it honour it is taken neat. Then all get up and wish `good-night.'” —Max O'Rell: Friend MacDonald, iii.

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