To wet one's whistle

Also found in: Idioms.
to moisten one's throat; to drink a dram of liquor.

See also: Wet

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The SUV was professionally wrapped with the Connecticut Pour Tour graphics, a nice touch which helped when he entered towns with no place to wet one's whistle.