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tear, noun

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ZuluShow more Translation of Zulu izinyembezi sikakhwini tears of the Queen (perhaps an allusion to British losses during the wars with the Zulus).
In the phrase tears of the Queen, also Queen’s tears.
Strong drink, usually gin or brandy.
1949 O. Walker Proud Zulu (1951) 116He gave them glasses of gin (which the Zulus called ‘the queen’s tears’), for it was a chilly night.
1986 S. Henderson in Optima Vol.34 No.4, 198A giant Swiss mercenary, an orphan, Corporal Schiess, who, faute de mieux, had taken the ‘Queen’s shilling’, had drunk of the ‘Queen’s tears’.
Strong drink, usually gin or brandy.

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