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    take two fingers of

    "I'll take two fingers of your best Irish." How much Irish whiskey is the speaker talking about? How many grams would that be using the metric system? Can I say three fingers?

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    Re: take two fingers of

    Take a glass you would drink whiskey from.

    Extend the first two fingers of your hand, together. Place your fingers against the glass, with your middle finger against the bottom of the glass.

    Note where the edge of your first finger ends on the glass. Draw an imaginary line there.

    Fill the glass to the imaginary line.

    Measure the amount of liquid. That's your answer.

    When people ask for "two fingers" they are not asking for a precise amount. More than a shot. Less than a full glass.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: take two fingers of

    And three fingers would do serious damage to the liver (in a single drink); for that reason, I've never met it - though in context it could be made to make sense.

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