beer / ale, small Old form(s): Beere
weak beer, beer of poor quality
2H4 II.ii.6[Prince Henry to Poins] Doth it not show vilely in me to desire small beer?
2H6 IV.ii.63[Cade to all] I will make it felony to drink small beer
TS induction.2.1[Sly to First Servingman] a pot of small ale
TS induction.2.74[Sly to First Servingman] bring ... once again a pot o'th' smallest ale
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