lunatic soup n.
1. cheap alcohol; spec. cheap red wine.
|DT 20 June ii I: He explained his action by saying that he was in lunatic’s broth – otherwise drunk – at the time [F&H].|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 45: Lunatic soup, cheap red wine.|
|Reported Safe Arrival 125: I must have a taste of decent liquor. Or even a bottle of Red Biddy. Lunatic’s Broth.|
|‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxvi 4/1: lunatic soup: Booze of any description.|
|Belfast 6: My job’s to keep the cutomers supplied with lunatic broth.|
|Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 15: His acting the purse man brought the place to life. The bots ordered up only the best brands of lunatic soup from the top shelf.|
|Dinkum Aussie Dict. 35: Lunatic soup: Alcohol in any form.|
|Adventures of the Honey Badger [ebook] I was pretty stoked and nervous, with all of my long-lost relations making the game, and half full of lunatic soup.|
2. (also electric soup) methylated spirits as drunk by alcoholics.
|Happy as Larry Act IV: Was it brandy I drank on top of whiskey, / Or poteen brewed from Connachtmen’s socks, / Or Lunatic Soup or American hooch.|
|Belfast 146: The cops knew him as harmless: just too fond of the electric soup.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 70/2: lunatic soup alcoholic drink, including meths (methylated spirits).|
|(con. 1930s) Shawlies, Echo Boys, the Marsh and the Lanes 62: In those days some of the men went on benders. They’d go mad for the drink, absolutely mad [...] Some – not many – but some would even drink methylated spirits. They would. ‘Lunatic soup’, we called it.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|