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1. A piece of cloth or plastic secured under the chin and worn, especially by small children, to protect the clothing while eating.
a. The part of an apron or pair of overalls worn over the chest: "The day my son Laurie started kindergarten he renounced corduroy overalls with bibs and began wearing blue jeans with a belt" (Shirley Jackson).
b. Bibbed overalls worn while skiing.
c. A piece of cloth or plastic bearing a number, usually worn over the chest or back, identifying a competitor in a race.
3. A patch of differently colored feathers or fur on the throat or chest of a bird or mammal.
tr. & intr.v. bibbed, bib·bing, bibs
To drink or indulge in drinking.

[Probably from Middle English bibben, to drink heartily, from Latin bibere; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

bib′ber n.
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a drinker; tippler (esp in the expression wine-bibber)
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(ˈbɪb ər)

a steady drinker; tippler.
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The Abuja gathering was a dinner, with choice wines made available for bibbers amongst us, and despite coming in late, following two emergencies at Aso Rock, he looked relaxed like a man enjoying his regulars, which would likely include some of the wines at the get-together.
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Though theory bibbers randy for abstraction are likely to be more comfortable with a phrase like 'Scottish modernism' than with the long established term 'the Scottish Renaissance', historically and aesthetically the latter is far more accurate and useful than the former.
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