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Horlicks

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːlɪks
 
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Definition of Horlicks in English:

noun

[mass noun] trademark
A drink made from malted milk powder.
Example sentences
  • The survey was commissioned by the makers of malted drink Horlicks.
  • Nutritional drinks such as Horlicks also contain trans fats.
  • And look very closely at the labels on things like Horlicks and drinking chocolate.

Origin

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

Phrases

make a Horlicks of

1
British informal Make a mess of.
Example sentences
  • Yes the traction control light will occasionally flicker, but the electronic intrusion is measured and actually helps you from making a Horlicks of things.
  • One final observation - she made a Horlicks of her job as moderator.
  • Untracked by Brazil's midfield, Kranjcar times his run onto the ball perfectly, but then makes a Horlicks of his header at goal.

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