Beaucoup: Plenty of. The French word was adopted as an every-day expression in the War; e.g., "There were beaucoup cigarettes. The was beaucoup beer," etc. A man who was very drunk would be said to be "beaucoup drunk."
References / notes
- Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.21.
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