Dutch courage


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Dutch courage

n. Informal
Courage acquired from drinking liquor.
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Dutch courage

n
1. (Brewing) false courage gained from drinking alcohol
2. (Brewing) alcoholic drink
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Dutch′ cour′age


n.
courage inspired by drink.
[1805–15]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Dutch courage - courage resulting from intoxication
braveness, bravery, courage, courageousness - a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear
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Translations

Dutch courage

n to give o.s. Dutch couragefarsi coraggio con un bicchierino
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References in classic literature ?
A pickax and spade were lying in the bottom of the boat, with a dark lantern, and a stone bottle of good Dutch courage,[1] in which honest Sam no doubt put even more faith than Dr.
[1] Dutch courage is courage that results from indulgence in Dutch gin or Hollands; here applied to the gin itself.
But Kerry, 38, needed some Dutch courage for the first meet and mingle on the new series of the E4 dating show.
Over in Kalingrad, England World Cup WAGs, led again by striker Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah, enjoyed a bit of Dutch courage before the Belgium clash.
After that you'll get the opportunity to master some circus skills and then on to singing where you will be able to belt out all the hits from the film...if you do need a little extra Dutch courage the bar will be open throughout.
And the 29-year-old says he needed a little Dutch courage with a "sherry or two" when he met his date.
"There was a bit of a rush last night with people signing up, as people had a bit of Dutch courage and were encouraged by their friends to join in." He added: "There is quite a lot of bravado with people encouraging each other to go in - but when they do, they realise how cold the water is.
"I was a very shy 19 year-old and, after some dutch courage across at the Marsh House, I asked her to dance.
Payne, 30, was taken to hospital complaining of abdominal pain after she fell from Dutch Courage in a race at Mildura.
First into the fray is Danny from Essex who, after years of partying, feels it's time he found a woman to settle down with - unfortunately, his efforts to fortify himself with Dutch courage could backfire when he meets straight-talking hairdresser Lauren.
The bitter feud from their days in Holland continues and United will need to show more Dutch courage than in their previous seven meetings after failing to record a clean sheet in any.