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Horlicks

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːlɪks/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

Definition of Horlicks in English:

noun

[mass noun] trademark
A drink made from malted milk powder.

Origin

late 19th century: named after James and William Horlick, British-born brothers whose company first manufactured the drink in the US.

More
  • bollocks from (mid 18th century):

    Bollocks used to be ballocks, and in that spelling they go back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The word is related to ball, and like many rude words it was perfectly standard English until around the 18th century. It is now used in several colourful expressions. A bollocking, or severe telling-off, is more genteelly written as a rollicking (mid 20th century), and it is more refined to make a Horlicks of (late 20th century) something than to make a bollocks of it. The dog's bollocks is a coarse version of expressions like the bee's knees or the cat's pyjamas, meaning ‘an excellent person or thing’, which was popularized in the late 1980s by the comic Viz.

Phrases

make a Horlicks of

1
British informal Make a mess of.

Words that rhyme with Horlicks

kylixprolix • spondulicks

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