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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.]
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, ginsPhrasal Verb:
1. To remove the seeds from (cotton) with a cotton gin.
2. To trap in a gin.
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.]
Used to announce that one has won a game of gin rummy.
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adj, -nier or -niest
(Brewing) relating to or characterized by gin
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