Dutch courage

What does "Dutch courage" mean?

Today it means: Have a quick drink before doing something important.

"Dutch courage" is thought to come from the Dutch of having and drink of schnapps before battle in the 17th century when they were inflicting devastating damage on the Royal Navy around the South coast of England. However, all navies and armies did that before battle.

It could be the above coupled with the nerve of the Dutch when they sailed up the narrow Medway destroying every ship on the way. The Dutch Admiral raised a brush up the mast to show a "clean sweep" of the Royal Navy.


By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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