Definition of turps in English:

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Pronunciation: /təːps/


[mass noun] informal
Example sentences
  • Almost complete, Honister dominates a studio where massive brushes await the maestro's stroke and heavy smells of linseed oil and turps fill the still hot afternoon air.
  • Her eyes challenged me, potent, like a peregrine falcon's, but the beguiling scent of turps and linseed oil drew me to her canvas.
  • The night Vine painted her now infamous Diana painting, the air was thick with the smell of turps, linseed oil and paint.


on the turps

Australian /NZ informal Drinking alcohol, especially in large quantities: I can go to the pub and get on the turps
More example sentences
  • Can you imagine anything better than a hot roast pork sandwich after a night on the turps?
  • Only a tiny minority of this group are daring enough to even contemplate another punishing night on the turps.
  • It only seems like yesterday he was throwing up in the back garden after a heavy night on the turps.


Early 19th century: abbreviation.

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