Barleycorn

John or Sir John Barleycorn. A personification of malt liquor. The term has been made popular by Robert Burns.

Inspiring bold John Barleycorn,
What dangers thou canst make us scorn!

Burns: Tam o' Shanter, 105, 106.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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