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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.
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adj, -nier or -niest
(Brewing) relating to or characterized by gin
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"You were ginny last night, Flanagan," said Lawson.
"Come to the Gaite Montparnasse, and we'll get ginny."
Ginny was on a deadline though and enlisted the help of an Englishwoman living in Crete to care for the dog and feed it after she had returned to England, where she started arranging for it to be flown home last year.
Ginny Phillips left Newcastle's Byker in 1992 for a new life across the pond and has never looked back, building a life for herself in Alabama's coastal city Mobile.
Reverend Ginny Burton will be welcomed to her new ministry as Priest-in-Charge of Towyn, and as an associate priest in the parishes of Abergele, St George, Llysfaen and Llanddulas service at the event in St Mary's Church, Towyn on Monday, November 19 at 7pm.
Her vivid dream sparked a journey that taught Ginny how to recognize spirit signs and spirit communications with those on Earth.
When her mother's second cousin, the cultured Linus Lancaster, asks for fourteen-year-old Ginny's hand in marriage early in Kind One, Ginny eagerly accepts.
Boots, bikes, and bombers; adventures of Alaska conservationist Ginny Hill Wood.
coal producer, has introduced Ginny, the first canine specifically trained to perform search and rescue in both underground and surface structures used in mining operations.
CLATTERING hooves and a fateful run-in with a brooding French trainer hails the arrival in Newmarket of Ginny Kennedy, returning to save the fortunes of her family's Ravenhill Stables.
GLORIOUS Ginny Wade earned her place in Wimbledon history when she became the centenary champion at Centre Court yesterday.
GINNY Nicholson is working hard to organise the North East's first wine festival.