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It' a quote from TV drama Gentleman Jack S1E01, a historical drama, set in England during the first Industrial Revolution. Here are the lines:

A: She says they were engaged.

B: Did he know about...

A: Yes. She says so. She said he was gonna marry her as soon as they got back to halifax. Happen the gin'll work. She looks sick enough.

I find it strange to use the word "happen", as it certainly doesn't mean "to take place" here.

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"Happen" in this sense is short for "It might happen that," or "maybe," in other words. "Happen the gin'll work" essentially means "Maybe the gin will work." Check the adverb sense of Happen here: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/happen (listed as Northern English).

  • What do you think "gin" refers to in this context? The alcohol, or the machine, or is it something metaphorical? – Andrew Apr 23 at 16:30

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