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    Claret?

    Hello, I need help with the following phrase:

    "There is that delicate blossom,
    who can't drink any claret under ninety-four..."

    The part I can't understand is in red.

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: Claret?

    A claret is a type of wine, ninety-four refers to a vintage from 1894. 'Under ninety-four' means younger, or newer, than that date.

    So, there are those who can't/won't drink any claret that's newer than 1894.

    The only reason we know that it refers to 1894 instead of 1994 is that the book was published in 1886.

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    Re: Claret?

    Oh, wow, you knew from whence the phrase came? Amazing! Thank you very much! :)

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    #4

    Re: Claret?

    Actually, no, I had to Google the phrase, then look up the publication date.

    That's why we ask that people post the source of the sentence when asking a question about something you read.

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    #5

    Re: Claret?

    Oh OK, I will do that from now on.

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