1. methylated spirits, beloved by extreme alcoholics; also attrib.
|N.Z. Truth 14 Feb. 6/8: ‘Metho’ Drinker saved — ‘Drinko’ Killed the Craving.|
|Morn. Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld) 25 June 8/4: [heading] Preferred Metho to Dope [...] [Because] he did not want to fly to ‘dope’ he took the methylated spirits.|
|Sydney Morn. Herald 31 Dec. 9/7: ‘Metho-drinkers’ is the name applied to a new class of alcoholic.|
|Wodonga & Towaong Sentinel (Vic.) 25 Feb. 3/2: [heading] A Metho Drinker [...] he found the accused asleep under a tree. He smelt strongly of metho.|
|Poor Man’s Orange 107: Anything came well to the Kidger, plonk, plink, metho, bombo.|
|Aus. First and Last 98: Metho can kill you on your feet, whether you take it mixed or neat.‘Alcoholics’|
|No Sunlight Singing (1966) 32: I can liven up with a shot of metho.|
|He who Shoots Last 229: An old wine dot [...] no doubt much metho had been consumed when the wine ran out.|
|(con. 1930s) ‘Keep Moving’ 48: Such things as metho-drinking, petty theft [...] and sexual perversion were accepted as inevitable.|
|Johnno 63: A wino, or a metho-drinker.|
|Day of the Dog 27: Now he drinks metho.|
|Candy 158: The cheapest palatable alcohol short of metho that we could find.|
|Blood and Circuses 88: ‘What’s red biddy, sir?’ asked Constable Harris. ‘Ruby port and metho,’ said Robinson.|
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
|Sydney Morn. Herald 31 Dec. 9/7: The police are finding that members of a higher grade of society are becoming ‘metho-mad’.|
|Mail (Adelaide) 11 June 1/5: A ‘metho’ drinking party was held by the prisoners’ painting gang in Boggo Road Gaol.|
3. a drinker of methylated spirits; ext. as metho fiend, metho king.
|Battlers 272: You ought to know not to camp with metho fiends by now.|
|Maori Girl 115: There’s the metho and the trammie and his old bitch.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 72/2: metho methylated spirits addict.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 134: metho/metho king Methylated spirits addict. ANZ.|