1. [mid-19C] (UK Und.) in pl., money, either notes or coins.
2. [mid-19C+] (orig. naut.) food, ship’s biscuit.
3. [mid-19C+] drink.
4. [1950s] money [separate development to sense 1].
[1910s] to drink after a period of abstinence.
[1910s] to abstain from alcohol [? SE tackle].
1. [mid–late 19C] (orig. naut.) bread as opposed to biscuits or hard tack.
2. [late 19C-1910s] (Aus.) a soft drink, as opposed to hard liquor.