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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Upsee-Dutch.
 
A heavy Dutch beer; Upsee Freese a Friesland strong ale; Upsee English, a strong English ale. Upsee Dutch also means tipsy, stupid with drink.   1
       
“I do not like the dulness of your eye,
It hath a heavy cast; ’tis upsee-Dutch,
And says you are a lumpish whoremaster.”
       
Ben Jonson: The Alchemist, iv. 4.
       
“Yet whoop, Barnaby! off with thy liquor,
Drink upsees out, and a fig for the vicar.”
       
Sir Walter Scott: Lady of the Lake, vi. 5.
        “Teach me how to take the German upsy freeze, the Danish rouser the Switzer’s stoop of Rhenish.”—Dekker: Gull’s Hornbook (1609).
 


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