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gauge - what does it mean in this sentence?


In the The Metaphysical Touch by Sylvia Brownrigg the word gauge is used in a way I cannot find in any dictionary.
"She was greeted at the door by a woman with a comfortable, weathered face: a face riven by warmth and comedy and the deep gauge of alcohol"
Is it being used in the sense of "a large measure of alcohol"? It is an attractive use of the word but I'm not sure it is correct.


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