LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||16/ABR/2011 11:51 AM|
Here is the problem. Yes, a "nip" is a small amount of alcohol. However, "stiff" means "big". When you put them together "stiff nip" is a "large drink, a powerful drink". We are not talking about just enough whisky to wet your lips. We are talking about a drink that would leave most of us gasping for air.
stiff jolt = large amount of electrical shock
stiff price increase = large price increase
his rates are stiff = his rates are high, large
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