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 for To wet one''s whistle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wet \Wet\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wet (rarely Wetted); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Wetting.] [AS. w[=ae]tan.]
     To fill or moisten with water or other liquid; to sprinkle;
     to cause to have water or other fluid adherent to the
     surface; to dip or soak in a liquid; as, to wet a sponge; to
     wet the hands; to wet cloth. "[The scene] did draw tears from
     me and wetted my paper." --Burke.
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           Ye mists and exhalations, that now rise . . .
           Whether to deck with clouds the uncolored sky,
           Or wet the thirsty earth with falling showers.
                                                    --Milton.
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     To wet one's whistle, to moisten one's throat; to drink a
        dram of liquor. [Colloq.]
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              Let us drink the other cup to wet our whistles.
                                                    --Walton.
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