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Definition of Tope

  TOPE   verb
To tipple, booze, swill, soak, guzzle, lush, bib, or swig. In the individual, toping is regarded with disesteem, but toping nations are in the forefront of civilization and power.  When pitted against the hard-drinking Christians the absemious Mahometans go down like grass before the scythe.  In India one hundred thousand beef- eating and brandy-and-soda guzzling Britons hold in subjection two hundred and fifty million vegetarian abstainers of the same Aryan race.  With what an easy grace the whisky-loving American pushed the temperate Spaniard out of his possessions!  From the time when the Berserkers ravaged all the coasts of western Europe and lay drunk in every conquered port it has been the same way:  everywhere the nations that drink too much are observed to fight rather well and not too righteously.  Wherefore the estimable old ladies who abolished the canteen from the American army may justly boast of having materially augmented the nation's military power.

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The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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