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drink

 (drĭngk)
v. drank (drăngk), drunk (drŭngk), drink·ing, drinks
v.tr.
1. To take into the mouth and swallow (a liquid).
2. To swallow the liquid contents of (a vessel): drank a cup of tea.
3. To take in or soak up; absorb: drank the fresh air; spongy earth that drank up the rain.
4. To take in eagerly through the senses or intellect: drank in the beauty of the day.
5.
a. To give or make (a toast).
b. To toast (a person or an occasion, for example): We'll drink your health.
6. To bring to a specific state by drinking alcoholic liquors: drank our sorrows away.
v.intr.
1. To swallow liquid: drank noisily; drink from a goblet.
2. To imbibe alcoholic liquors: They only drink socially.
3. To salute a person or an occasion with a toast: We will drink to your continued success.
n.
1.
a. A liquid that is fit for drinking; a beverage.
b. An alcoholic beverage, such as a cocktail or highball.
c. Chiefly Southern US See soft drink. See Note at tonic.
2. An amount of liquid swallowed: took a long drink from the fountain.
3. Excessive or habitual indulgence in alcoholic liquor.
4. Slang A body of water; the sea: The hatch cover slid off the boat and into the drink.

[Middle English drinken, from Old English drincan; see dhreg- in Indo-European roots.]

drinking

(ˈdrɪŋkɪŋ)
n
1.
a. the act of consuming alcoholic beverages
b. (as modifier): Britain's drinking laws.
2. (as modifier): Britain's drinking laws.

drink•ing

(ˈdrɪŋ kɪŋ)

adj.
1. suitable for or used in drinking: drinking water; a drinking glass.
2. of, pertaining to, or indulging in the drinking of alcohol, esp. to excess: drinking companions.
n.
3. habitual and excessive consumption of alcohol.
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Drinking

 

See Also: EATING AND DRINKING, FOOD AND DRINK

  1. Alcohol is like love. The first kiss is magic, the second is intimate, the third is routine —Raymond Chandler
  2. A case of beer lying at his feet like the family dog —Jonathan Valin
  3. Drank like a camel —Robert Graves
  4. Drank like a fire engine —Ernest William Hornung
  5. Drink like a fish —Anon

    There’s a whole laundry list of “Drink like” and “Drunk as” similes. Those linking drinking with fish predominate with “Drunk as a lord” and “Drunk as owls” or “Boiled as owls” following close on the fishes’ fins. A nice twist by Mary Peterson Poole: “It’s all right to drink like a fish, if you drink what a fish drinks.”

  6. (He could) drink like a suction-hose —Thomas Burke
  7. Drinks cognac like soda water —Isaac Bashevis Singer
  8. Drunk as a cooter brown —Richard Ford
  9. Drunk as an autumn wasp —Jonathan Gash
  10. Drunk as a wheelbarrow —George Garrett
  11. Drunk as dancing pigs —James Crumley
  12. Drunk as puffed-up pigeons —Edward Hoagland
  13. Drunk like wedding guests —Charles Simic
  14. Feel the vodka melting into his bloodstream, like snow —Richard Lourie
  15. Half as sober as a judge —Charles Lamb
  16. Lit up like a Christmas tree —Anon

    Similes linking “Lit up” with a variety of comparative references became part of the American language around 1902. Here are some offshoots of the above: “Lit up like a cathedral,” “Lit up like a church,” “Lit up like Main Street,” “Lit up like a skyscraper,” and “Lit up like Times Square.”

  17. Pissed as a skunk —Martin Cruz Smith
  18. Pissed as a newt —American colloquialism

    This means to be very drunk.

  19. Smell … like a tap-room —Anton Chekhov
  20. Smells like a still —Cornell Woolrich
  21. Some men are like musical glasses: to produce their finest tones you must keep them wet —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  22. Taught himself to drink as he would have taught himself Greek; like Greek it would be the gateway to a wealth of new sensations, new psychic states, new reactions in joy or misery —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  23. (I have been) tight as a tick —Tallulah Bankhead
  24. A hangover like a herd of elephants —Graham Masterton
  25. (He was) so knocked out with liquor that he vomited like a whale, urinated like a dog, exposed himself like a jackass, and wallowed in his muck like a pig —St. Kitts’ government newspaper, The Democrat, about leader of opposition, 1981
  26. The stuff [liquor] was like insulin to a diabetic; he didn’t need much of it at a time, but if he needed little he needed it often —Howard Nemerov

    The simile describes the drinking habits of a character in Nemerov’s short story, Unbelievable Characters.

  27. Woke up with his head like a big split millstone —John Dos Passos
  28. When drunk, his color sank to a clammy white from which it rose like a thermometer as he sobered up —Mary Ward Brown
  29. His head still felt like a sandbag full of maggots —Sterling Hayden
  30. Whiskey … went through me like a rope of fire —Louise Erdrich
  31. Whiskey … burned his stomach like hellfire —Paige Mitchell
  32. The spirit of the wine was rising like smoke to his head —George Garrett
  33. The bourbon was warm in her stomach … like a core of heat —Jayne Anne Phillips
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.drinking - the act of consuming liquidsdrinking - the act of consuming liquids  
consumption, ingestion, intake, uptake - the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)
guzzling, swilling, gulping - the drinking of large mouthfuls rapidly
potation - the act of drinking (especially an alcoholic drink)
2.drinking - the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excessdrinking - the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess; "drink was his downfall"
intemperateness, intemperance - consumption of alcoholic drinks
drinking bout - a long period of drinking
Translations

drinking

[ˈdrɪŋkɪŋ]
A. N
1. [of any liquid] my sore throat made drinking painfulal tener la garganta irritada me dolía mucho al beber
2. [of alcohol] his drinking caused his marriage to break upla bebida fue la causa de la ruptura de su matrimonio
she had to put up with his drinkingtuvo que aguantar sus borracheras
heavy drinking can cause weight problemsbeber mucho puede ocasionar problemas de peso
I'm not a drinking personno soy bebedor, no bebo mucho
B. CPD drinking bout Njuerga f, farra f (LAm)
drinking chocolate Nchocolate m (bebida)
drinking companion Ncompañero/a m/f de copas
drinking fountain Nfuente f (de agua potable)
drinking session Njuerga f, farra f (LAm)
drinking song Ncanción f de taberna
drinking trough Nabrevadero m, camellón m
drinking water Nagua f potable

drinking

[ˈdrɪŋkɪŋ]
n (= consumption of alcohol) → consommation f d'alcool
the health hazards of underage smoking and drinking → les risques sanitaires de la consommation d'alcool et de tabac chez les mineurs
Smoking and drinking are ways of coping
BUT Le tabac et la boisson sont des façons de tenir.
after a night's drinking → après une nuit bien arrosée
modif [laws] → de la consommation d'alcool, sur la consommation d'alcool
drinking binge → beuverie f
drinking companion → compagnon de beuverie(compagne)m/fcopain de beuverie(copine)m/fdrinking chocolate nchocolat m en poudredrinking culture nculture f de la boissondrinking fountain n (in street, office)fontaine f d'eau potabledrinking straw npaille fdrinking-up time n (British) dernières minutes pour finir son verre avant la fermeture d'un pubdrinking water neau f potabledrink problem drinking problem n
to have a drink problem → trop boiredrinks cabinet nbar m (meuble)drinks party ncocktail m (réception)

drinking

nTrinken nt; there had been some heavy drinking at the partyauf der Party war viel getrunken worden; his drinking caused his marriage to break upan seiner Trunksucht ging seine Ehe in die Brüche; underage drinkingder Alkoholkonsum von Minderjährigen
adjTrink-, Sauf- (inf); drinking habitsTrinkgewohnheiten pl; drinking session or binge (inf)Trinkgelage nt; drinking bout or spreeSauftour f (inf); when his wife died he went on a drinking bout for three monthsals seine Frau starb, hat er drei Monate lang nur getrunken; they are drinking friendssie gehen oft zusammen einen trinken (inf); I’m not really a drinking manich trinke eigentlich nicht viel Alkohol

drinking

:
drinking age
n Mindestalter für den Alkoholkonsum in der Öffentlichkeit
drinking chocolate
drinking club
n Klub, in dem Alkohol ausgeschenkt wird
drinking companion
nZechkumpan(in) m(f)
drinking den
nKaschemme f (pej)
drinking fountain
nTrinkwasserbrunnen m
drinking glass
nTrinkglas nt
drinking horn
nTrinkhorn nt
drinking laws
pl Gesetze über den Alkoholkonsum
drinking problem
nAlkoholproblem nt
drinking song
nTrinklied nt
drinking station
n (at marathon) → Verpflegungsstation f
drinking straw
nTrinkhalm m, → Strohhalm m
drinking trough
nWassertrog m
drinking-up time
n (Brit) die letzten zehn Minuten vor der Polizeistunde
drinking water
nTrinkwasser nt

drinking

[ˈdrɪŋkɪŋ] n (of alcohol) → il bere
drinking song → canzone f goliardica
an all-night drinking bout → una notte passata a ubriacarsi
References in classic literature ?
He did not speak to her again till suppertime, when he saw her drinking champagne with Ned and his friend Fisher, who were behaving `like a pair of fools', as Laurie said to himself, for he felt a brotherly sort of right to watch over the Marches and fight their battles whenever a defender was needed.
Along an alleyway he went and slipping in at the back door of the saloon began drinking a drink made of a combination of sloe gin and soda water.
Then, all things considered," spoke Arobin, "it might not be amiss to start out by drinking the Colonel's health in the cocktail which he composed, on the birthday of the most charming of women--the daughter whom he invented.
And the fellow will drink when he can get an opportunity; your drinking Indian always learns to walk with a wider toe than the natural savage, it being the gift of a drunkard to straddle, whether of white or red skin.
Thinks I, Captain Peleg must have been drinking something to-day.
Meantime, they hauled more and more upon their lines, till close flanking him on both sides, Stubb answered Flask with lance for lance; and thus round and round the Pequod the battle went, while the multitudes of sharks that had before swum round the Sperm Whale's body, rushed to the fresh blood that was spilled, thirstily drinking at every new gash, as the eager Israelites did at the new bursting fountains that poured from the smitten rock.
The man, who had clearly been drinking, poured forth some abusive language, but he left off knocking the horses about, and taking the reins, got into his cart; meantime our friend had quietly taken a note-book from his pocket, and looking at the name and address painted on the cart, he wrote something down.
He would agree to serve a certain quality at a certain price, and when the time came you and your friends would be drinking some horrible poison that could not be described.
There is a most busy and important round of eating, drinking, dressing, walking, visiting, buying, selling, talking, reading, and all that makes up what is commonly called living, yet to be gone through; and this yet remained to Augustine.
There is a difference between eating and drinking for strength and from mere gluttony.
The page said, further, that dinner was about ended in the great hall by this time, and that as soon as the sociability and the heavy drinking should begin, Sir Kay would have me in and exhibit me before King Arthur and his illustrious knights seated at the Table Round, and would brag about his exploit in capturing me, and would probably exaggerate the facts a little, but it wouldn't be good form for me to correct him, and not over safe, either; and when I was done being exhibited, then ho for the dungeon; but he, Clarence, would find a way to come and see me every now and then, and cheer me up, and help me get word to my friends.
The faint air cools in the glooming, And peaceful flows the Rhine, The thirsty summits are drinking The sunset's flooding wine;