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gin 1

A strong colorless alcoholic beverage made by distilling or redistilling rye or other grain spirits and adding juniper berries and sometimes other flavorings such as anise, caraway seeds, or angelica root.

[Alteration of geneva, from Dutch jenever, from Middle Dutch geniver, juniper, from Old French geneivre, from Vulgar Latin *iiniperus, from Latin iūniperus.]

gin′ny adj.

gin 2

1. Any of several machines or devices, especially:
a. A machine for hoisting or moving heavy objects.
b. A pile driver.
c. A snare or trap for game.
d. A pump operated by a windmill.
2. A cotton gin.
tr.v. ginned, gin·ning, gins
1. To remove the seeds from (cotton) with a cotton gin.
2. To trap in a gin.
Phrasal Verb:
gin up
1. To create or produce; work up: "If we ever ginned up the courage to speak honestly about race, we might also open up unexpected avenues of racial healing" (Michael Eric Dyson).
2. To create or produce under false pretenses: "U.S. officials have asked their foreign counterparts to gin up a charge so that the United States can credibly claim it is rendering a suspect to face legal charges when it is really trying to gather information" (Daniel Byman).
3. To increase or make more active: gin up sales; gin up the economy.

[Middle English, from Old French, short for engin, skill; see engine.]

gin 3

Gin rummy.
Used to announce that one has won a game of gin rummy.


adj, -nier or -niest
(Brewing) relating to or characterized by gin
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Come to the Gaite Montparnasse, and we'll get ginny.
Set in 1950s Coney Island, the story follows carousel operator Humpty (Jim Belushi), his beleaguered wife Ginny (Kate Winslet) and the impact the arrival of charming playwright Mickey (Justin Timberlake) has on their lives.
Indeed, darkness runs throughout the veteran director's latest offering, with Ginny becoming more and more isolated against the perils of the world.
Ginny was a loving aunt, great aunt and cousin of many along with countless friends who are blessed to know her.
Ginny is autistic and 'a handful' and has been in no fewer than four 'Forever Homes'.
But now, Paul and Ginny Wood, who won PS1 million on the EuroMillions Millionaire Maker, want to do more - and they've come up with a generous way of doing so.
Her parents, Ginny and John McGowan, are desperately trying to find out what led to their daughter's sudden death.
Such is the case with Benjamin Ludwig's Ginny Moon, an extraordinary coming-of-age story told from the perspective of a 14-yearold protagonist with autism.
Mike Trebilcock, 71, was signed by Everton at the age of 21 and had to move from Plymouth in Devon, leaving his beloved Ginny behind.
In a flashback, when young pitching prodigy Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury) is euphoric after a big win, her father's shoulders are squared and his jaw is set in a very specific way that does not connote satisfaction.
She was Ginny Bunford and there is a plaque to commemorate her on the wall outside Bartley Green library.