baldface (whisky) n.
1. (US) cheap, potent whisky.
|Weekly Advertiser (Russellville, KY) 25 Jan. 1/5: He has refused to keep anything to drink but ball-faced whiskey [DA].|
|Southern Literary Messenger 151: Our boatmen will swear, perform at ‘old sledge,’ get ‘swipey’ on ‘bald face’ and ‘chaw tabaccer’.|
|‘M’Cracken’s Experience’ in Polly Peablossom’s Wedding 60: If you’ve got any more of that baldface, pour it out!|
|Ipswich Jrnl 16 Sept. 3/7: Less will be consumed in the manufacture of bald-faced whisky [...] than of late years.|
|N.O. Weekly Delta 23 Nov. p.1 in Humor of the Old Deep South (1936) n.p.: We adjourned over to the nearest dead-fall, tuck a whoppin’ horn of Ball Face.|
|Sut Lovingood’s Yarns 184: He war jis’ a-honin arter that ball-face whisky.|
|Lippincott’s Mag. (Phila.) VI 465: Let him get a nigger fiddler and plenty of baldface whisky, and give forth the news that he expects his friends.|
|Hans Breitmann in Europe 283: O keep a pringin juleps in, / Und baldface corn dat burn like sin.‘Breitmann at a Picnic’ in|
|Americanisms 581: Bald-face, one of the many slang terms under which bad whiskey passes in the West.|
|Young Explorers 195: I’m not much on looks I know, but at any rate my breath don’t smell of onions nor bald face whiskey.|
|Wash. Times (DC) 15 Dec. 46/7: ‘Blonde’ or ‘bald’ whiskey, cheap corn or moonshine stuff.|
|Faro Nell 49: A pint of baldface under the buckle of my belt.|
|Down in the Holler 225: bald face: n. Raw corn whiskey.|
2. used of brandy.
|Hartford Courtant (Supp.) 17 July 112/1: Having a large canteen of bald face brandy, the hardy fellow took a hearty swig and went on his way.|