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FACERS, A drinking club in Edinburgh in the early 18th cent. Sc. 1721  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 19 Note:
The Facers were a Club of fair Drinkers who inclined rather to spend a Shilling on Ale than Twopence for Meat; they had their Name from a Rule they observed of obliging themselves to throw all they left in the Cup in their Own Faces: Wherefore to save their Face and Cloaths, they prudently suck'd the Liquor clean out.

[Sic, but cf. Eng. slang facer (c.1700), a brimming glass of liquor.]

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