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Ale, a liquor made by an infusion of malt and fermentation: “She brews good a. And thereof comes the proverb: Blessing of your heart, you brew good a.” Gentl. III, 1, 304. Mids. II, 1, 50. Shr. Ind. I, 32. 2, 1 (small a.). 25 (sheer a., i. e. unmixed a.). 76. Tw. II, 3, 125 “(cakes and a.).” Wint. IV, 3, 8. H4A I, 3, 233. H5 III, 2, 13. IV, 7, 40. H8 V, 4, 11 (a. and cakes). To go to the a. == to the alehouse, Gentl. II, 5, 61; in allusion perhaps to a Christian festival called so (cf. Holy-ales).
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