Green’s Dictionary of Slang

liquid adj.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

liquid bread (n.)

(US campus) very cheap beer.

[US]Da Bomb 🌐 18: Liquid bread: Really cheap beer.
liquid comfort (n.)

succour gained through alcohol.

[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘Her New Game’ Sporting Times 29 Sept. 1/4: By and bye, into a public-house she shyly made her way; / As, as if she’d never in a pub. been caught, / She asked, not for liquid comfort, but for him who held the sway / In the house, for the proprietor, in short.
liquid cosh (n.)

(UK prison) major tranquillizers used to calm rebellious or ‘difficult’ prisoners; also attrib.

[UK]New Scientist 8 Nov. 423: Claims and counter-claims about controlling prisoners with drugs (the ‘liquid cosh’ is the inmates’ terms [sic]) and about drug experiments on prisoners are rife.
[Ire]J. Healy Grass Arena (1990) 161: The hospital screws gave him the liquid cosh – filled him so full of Largactil he doesn’t know his arse from his elbow.
[UK]J. Hoskison Inside 44: Just spent a month in the hospital unit suffering large amounts of ‘liquid cosh’.
I. Sinclair in London: City of Disappearances 123: He could describe the security precautions at Grendon Underwood, the ‘liquid cosh’ regime.
[UK]D. O’Donnell Locked Ward (2013) 20: Various happy pills were doled out —and a few biffs of the liquid cosh.
liquid courage (n.)

(US) courage due to the consumption of alcohol.

[US]Berrey & Van den Bark Amer. Thes. Sl.
[US]Da Bomb Summer Supplement 9: Liquid courage (n.) Liquor.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 5: Beer. [...] liquid courage.
liquid crack (n.) [crack n.7 ; the ref. is to the strength of the drug and of the beer]

(US black) malt liquor.

Sonoma County Indep. 2–8 Oct. 🌐 Often referred to on the street as ‘liquid crack,’ malt liquor is the dregs of American brews. Although it is packaged like beer and looks like beer when poured in a glass, malt liquor’s alcohol content is twice as high.
liquid crime (n.) (also liquid death)

strong, potent alcohol, esp. whisky.

‘Edmund Kirke’ Among Pines 228: ‘Mine host’ and two assistants were dispensing ‘liquid death,’ at the rate of ten cents a glass.
[US]E. Nye Forty Liars (1888) 260: Vinegar Hill Sheep Dip [...] was way billed over the Union Pacific as ‘Liquid Crime’.
[US]St John’s Herald (AZ) 21 Feb. 6/4: We have had quite an influx of cow-punchers [...] filling up on ‘liquid crime’ of the vintage of 1888.
Hardtford Repub. (KY) 17 Apr. 3/3: Will Long, of the ‘Hell’s Neck’ neighborhood [...] filled his anatomy full of ‘liquid crime’ and proceeded to ‘do’ the town.
liquid damnation (n.)

strong liquor.

[Aus]Northern Star (W. Yorks) 16 May 7/6: When will ye learn to clothe your own backs before you fill the pockets of your rich and gourmandising oppressors by swallowing their ‘liquid damnation’.
[UK]Leeds Times 10 Dec. 7/3: It would be interesting to compare the increase in the metropolitan consumption of —‘liquid damnation’.
Cheltenham Chron 21 June 3/1: Look at yon miserable self-martyr, with the fire of liquid damnation gleaming through his carbuncle nose [...] his ruby proboscis.
[UK]Preston Chron. 15 Aug. 6/4: There would be no sellers if there were no buyers of tht which total abstainers are so fond of terming ‘liquid damnation’.
[UK]Dly Gaz. for Middlesborough 19 Nov. 3/2: The public [...] sold ‘liquid damnation’ at threepence a glass.
[Scot]Glasgow Herald 13 June 6/3: Is then, a distribution of ginger-beer before an election to be legal and a distribution of ‘liquid damnation’ that comes from Burton-on-Trent to be illegal?
[Scot]Glasgow Herald 20 June 6/3: Mr Dunn [...] a seller of spirits to the natives of South Africa, was sent to parliament by the votes of men who [...] look upon spirts as liquid damnation.
[Scot]Aberdeen Jrnl 13 Apr. 5/1: They marched back to the bar and drank the liquid damnation to the very dregs.
[UK]Leamington Spa Courier 11 July 4/7: Men who for the greed of gain[...] traffic opium abroad and deal in ‘liquid damnation’ at home.
[Scot]Dundee Courier 3 Feb. 3/2: They had [...] as much right to sell liquid damanantion as he had.
liquid fire

strong, potent alcohol.

[UK]N. Devon Jrnl 9 Sept. 6/4: Lest some miserable drunkard should feel an intense thirst for the ‘liquid fire’ [...] spirits, brandy, rum or whiskey are sold from a shilling to eighteen pence a gallon!
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 4 July 17/4: And the local vendors of ‘liquid fire and distilled damnation’ smile like pleased oysters, for in Townsville the consumption of rum increases in proportion to the fervor of political feeling.
[UK]Manchester Eve. News 12 Oct. 3/1: Liquid fire. Robert Wilson [...] was fined £40 at Glasgow for having on a Sunday [...] sold methylated spirits as a beverage.
[UK]Hull Daily Mail 13 Dec. 4/2: Illustrated by an experiment showing how alcohol is rightly named ‘liquid fire’.
liquid laugh (n.) (also liquid laughter)

(orig. Aus.) vomit.

[Aus]B. Humphries Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 81: All them liquid laughs on the boat have left me feeling weak as piss.
[Aus]R. Aven-Bray Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 35: Liquid Laughter Vomit.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 69/2: liquid laugh vomit.
[Aus]Age (Melbourne) 7 Dec. 130/5: Australia has much of which to be proud [...] drain the dragon, syphon the python, (point percy at the porcelain), having a liquid laugh down the great white telephone.
[UK]Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: liquid laughter n. Puke.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].
liquid lunch (n.)

(orig. Aus.) a meal that consists of alcohol.

[Aus]A. Buzo Front Room Boys Scene i: We used to go down to Jim Buckley’s [...] for a liquid lunch.
[UK]G.F. Newman Sir, You Bastard 54: The caretaker [was] aroused from his post-liquid lunch slumber.
[Aus]C. Bowles G’DAY 69: Feel like a liquid lunch today?
D. Vrij ‘Tying Off’ on 🌐 The doctor left for a long liquid lunch leaving assurances of imminant liberation.
[Aus]T. Spicer Good Girl Stripped Bare 86: Derryn and his executive producer [...] down liquid lunches.
[US]S.A. Crosby Blacktop Wasteland 104: ‘[W]e can lock up and go over to Danny’s for some liquid lunch’.
liquid rouge (n.)

(boxing) blood.

[UK]A. Mayhew Paved with Gold 190: Hammer took advantage of the pause [...] to go up to his corner and once more get the ‘liquid rouge’ wiped off his ‘wig-block’.
liquid sky (n.)

(US drugs) heroin.

[US]C. Stroud Close Pursuit (1988) 133: He had the flag up when we took him, the whole nine yards of liquid sky straight up the arm.
liquid sunshine (n.)

(Aus.) alcohol.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 19 Dec. 15/1: [He] straps on a couple of cases of whisky, or whatever liquid sunshine his immature soul hankers for, and makes for some secluded water-hole [...].