near beer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n near beer drink that resembles beer but with less than 1/2 percent alcohol
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Near beer Any of various malt liquors (see Citation below). "Near beer is a term of common currency used to designate all that class of malt liquors which contain so little alcohol (usually less than 1/2 per cent) that they will not produce intoxication, though drunk to excess, and includes in its meaning all malt liquors which are not within the purview of the general prohibition law."
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Usage

In literature:

These two individuals seated themselves on chairs near the door, and called for beer.
"Wild Wales Its People, Language and Scenery" by George Borrow
Meanwhile their drivers, at the alehouse near, smoked the short pipe or quaffed the foaming beer.
"The Bedford-Row Conspiracy" by William Makepeace Thackeray
It was nearly twelve when the party broke up, chiefly because the "Woolpack" was closed and the supply of beer was cut off.
"Jonah" by Louis Stone
The Mexicans living near Fort Evans had brewed the beer.
"An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody)" by Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
Our one beer-bottle did not hold nearly enough water, and in our long walk through the forest on this night we suffered from thirst.
"Three Times and Out" by Nellie L. McClung
At the beer garden a student seated himself near me.
"New York Times, Current History, Vol 1, Issue 1" by Various
Many weird stories are told about Bovey House, South Devon, situated near the once notorious smuggling villages of Beer and Branscombe.
"Secret Chambers and Hiding Places" by Allan Fea
But his beer and tobacco cost nearly seven pounds!
"The Last Penny and Other Stories" by T. S. Arthur
At a village near Beer, where the women are employed in manufacturing lace, Her Majesty's wedding dress was made.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
He couldn't have even had a smell of near beer.
"The Ultroom Error" by Gerald Allan Sohl
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In poetry:

Spike and near beer
Have bridged more gaps
Than one temporarily I observe that there
Is gold in the ringlets
Of your hair
And must smell sweet.
"Adumbration" by Norman MacLeod
But the huxter has a bottle of beer;
He drives a cart and his wife sits near
Who does not heed his lack or his hump;
And they laugh as down the lane they bump
This fine May morning.
"The Huxter" by Edward Thomas
“Now I often sit at Watty’s, when the night is very near
With a head that’s full of jingles – and the fumes of bottled beer;
For I always have a fancy that, if I am over there
When the Army prays for Watty, I’m included in the prayer.
"That Pretty Girl in the Army" by Henry Lawson

In news:

If you're cruising around near George Washington University and see a stray beer can , perhaps you shouldn't pick it up.
Rumors that a beer garden is in the works near the Alamo appear to have merit.
A beer garden is also possible on a lot near Galveston Avenue.
The tradition of promoting social responsibility by beer, wine and spirits industry leaders has become nearly as important as the finished product sold to consumers.
Studies show that nearly 10 percent of all beer sold in the US is now draft.
Minnesota Survives A Cold Near-Beer Experience.
The Calgary-based taproom promises nearly 140 beers on tap, nearly 50 local brews and a selection of craft concoctions from Europe and the American Midwest.
Motorists are crying over hundreds of cases of spilt beer on I-26 near mile marker 205 in North Charleston.
) introduced legislation pushed by beer and wine wholesalers that could make it nearly impossible for consumers to have wine shipped to their door.
However, you may have seen in beer news that they will be opening a new facility in Kalamazoo in the near future.
For the first time in its nearly 100-year history, the University of Texas at El Paso on Saturday sold beer at a home sporting event, and the sales totaled $28,505, officials said Monday.
Order a few pierogis to pair with nearly 40 beers on tap.
The Izzedine Al Qassam Brigades said its fighters shelled the Zikim military base near Ashkelon and the Israeli cities of Ashdod and Beer Sheva.
While nobody knows the exact percentage, nearly all of the beer brewed worldwide should be enjoyed when it's as fresh as possible.
Nearly all of the Cotleigh beers are names for birds.
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In science:

The halo MDF is becoming well known from the heroic efforts of Beers et al. (1998), and it fits the modified Simple model down to about [Fe/H] ≃ −3; below that it falls short and below −4 there are 2 stars or less when nearly 10 might have been expected.
Chemical Evolution of Galaxies
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