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    I had a presentiment that a little whisky warm with a slice of lemon would do my comp

    I had a presentiment that a little whisky warm with a slice of lemon would do my complaint good. (This line is from the novel "Three men in a boat" by Jerome.K.Jerome).

    Could you please tell me the meaning of "would do my complaint good"?

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    Re: I had a presentiment that a little whisky warm with a slice of lemon would do my

    It would be good for his complaint; it would alleviate the pain/suffering/discomfort.

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    Re: I had a presentiment that a little whisky warm with a slice of lemon would do my

    These days, you're more likely to hear "would do me good". We use the phrase for anything that we feel might be at least a little beneficial to us.

    - I've got a cold.
    - Have a tot of whisky, lemon and honey. It'll do you good.

    - How are you?
    - I've got a terrible migraine.
    - Would you like some painkillers?
    - No thanks. I'm going to lie down in a darkened room for a couple of hours. That usually does me good.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I had a presentiment that a little whisky warm with a slice of lemon would do my

    tufguy, note how we write 'Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome' in BE.

    Also, when you're citing this source, please add (1889), to remind everybody that this book was written 128 years ago, so is not a good example of modern English, though fortunately, this treatment for a cold remains effective to this day.
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    Re: I had a presentiment that a little whisky warm with a slice of lemon would do my

    It's an enjoyable book, though. And a dentist recommended a stiff drink to me after some treatment a couple of months ago, though he suggested whisky but made no mention of lemon.

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