Meaning of “Dutch courage” in the English Dictionary

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Dutch couragenoun [ U ]

uk /ˌdʌtʃ ˈkʌr.ɪdʒ/ us /ˌdʌtʃ ˈkɝː.ɪdʒ/ UK US liquid courage

Examples from literature

  • Do I look, she asked, "as if I needed Dutch courage?" 
  • I was inclined to the latter opinion, and therefore tasted the liquor for the purpose of seeing if I could not get a little Dutch courage. 
  • I'll never get our names down right unless I have a drink to give me a bit of Dutch courage. 
  • In the eighties he would have been shot in the back by some scoundrel who had primed himself with Dutch courage from adulterated whisky. 
  • Why do you think I can't work without Dutch courage? 

(Definition of “Dutch courage” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)