A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from September 02, 2007
Ta-kill-ya (tequila)

"Ta-kill-ya” is one of several nicknames for “tequila.” The nickname is said when the tequila is strong.


Google Books
Mister White Eyes
a novel by Herbert Gold
New York: Arbor House
1984
Pg. 237:
So I practiced drinking that Mexicali Ta Kill Ya and now here I am, smart as any other New Yorker.

Google Books
Trukness: Based on the Real Life Adventures and Times of One of the Many Gregory John Nolascos
by Peter J. Crisanto-Croox
Xlibris Corporation
1997
Pg. 17:
3 shots of ta-kill-ya came to pass. 

This Dog’ll Really Hunt:
An Entertaining and Informative Texas Dictionary
by Wallace O. Chariton
Plano, TX: Republic of Texas Press
1999:
Pg. 273:
Tequila:
1. Ta-kill-ya
2. Mexican gasoline (or milk)
3. worm medicine

Google Books
The Thinking Person’s Guide to Sobriety
by Bert Plymen
New York: St. Martin’s Press
1999
Pg. 142:
We went to Mexico with several couples, and they all drank tequila (they called it “ta-kill-ya") with lime salt.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Sunday, September 02, 2007 • Permalink