Literally, this means: You can drink poison on it.

Figuratively, this means: You can bet your life on it. Or you can count on it.

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Origin/ Etymology: This idiom most likely derived from the ancient judicial practice of trial by ordeal. During the early middle ages in medieval Europe, trial by ordeal was considered a procedure based on the premise that God would help the innocent by performing a miracle on their behalf. One type of ordeal was by forcing suspects to ingest (to drink or eat) poison. In the medieval times, it was commonly believed that if the suspect was innocent, he/she would be unharmed, even if he/she drank the poison. This would prove the person’s innocence. Conversely, if the suspect dies or is injured after drinking poison, this would prove his/her guilt.