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Tom and Jerry

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Pronunciation: /tɒməndˈdʒɛri
 
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Definition of Tom and Jerry in English:

noun (plural Tom and Jerries)

US
A kind of hot spiced rum cocktail, made with eggs.
Example sentences
  • Around this time at a restaurant, I heard an adult order a ‘Tom and Jerry’ from the bar and I wondered if the drink was named after the human Tom and Jerry or the animal Tom and Jerry.

Origin

early 19th century (also as a verb in the sense 'drink and behave riotously'): with allusion to the chief characters in Pierce Egan's Life in London (1821).

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