Definition of drink in English:
verb (past drank /draŋk/; past participle drunk /drʌŋk/)[with object]
- I can distinctly remember wondering how anyone could bring themselves to drink this disgusting liquid.
- He nodded wordlessly and then thirstily drank the water she offered.
- He added that his greatest concern was about how they would be able to persuade Johnny to drink liquids after his procedure.
- We can save a small fortune by simply dropping bad habits like smoking, drinking and gambling.
- It plans to target a core group of 15 homeless people with chronic alcohol problems who drink on the city's streets.
- Ryan said he spent much of the time drinking and had consumed eight or nine pints and a number of shorts.
- In Ireland there is a tradition of having to drink up quickly before leaving the pub at closing time.
- One of the things that fuels the increase in alcohol-related violence is people drinking up when they know they are close to closing time.
- She says the policeman appeared at the pub at 12.10 am but the pub had stopped serving customers by midnight and people were in the process of drinking up.
- The wicking action of the soil draws water into the pot as the plants drink it up.
- You may need to add more water as the beans drink it up.
- Check the water level daily and keep topped up - the tree will drink a lot especially in a warm room.
- The wine drinks very well now but it could be kept in the cellar for several more years.
- This wine should drink beautifully for at least a decade.
- Crisply dry, with almost mineral overtones, this elegant Champagne is drinking well now but will cellar comfortably for 5 - 8 years.
- From here one could drink in the scenery of the even higher, treeless peaks.
- We tried to savour the day and drink in the atmosphere, but it all went by too quickly
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- Visitors will also be able to relax with a refreshing drink and snack in the dining room.
- It is important to avoid constantly snacking on sugary foods or sipping fizzy drinks.
- However, if you enjoy the taste of herbs as a garnish to your food, why not enjoy their refreshing and health-giving properties in refreshing summer drinks.
- She took a long drink of water, swallowing it slowly as she looked around the courtyard.
- Cliff nodded, washing down his mouthful with a drink of pale liquid that smelled heavily of mangos.
- She was distressed and had to be given several drinks of water.
- He told the meeting that there would be no consumption of drink at the museum.
- Like many successful Irish events, Dublin football games are bound up with the vast consumption of drink.
- He describes the extravagant body language, the noise, the excessive consumption of food and drink.
- The bartender poured a drink into a shot glass, and gave it to him.
- There are a number of young people who think that if they drink out of a bottle rather than a glass, their drink will not be spiked.
- Smith, the mother of a young son, had been persuaded to go for a drink and thought a glass of wine would leave her system in an hour.
- As the round of Christmas parties begins, with drinks after work, alcohol-fuelled meals or a glass or two of wine with friends, danger lies in taking a chance.
- It still breathes fire at night, greeting guests who gather for drinks or dinner.
- No, I'm sorry, I just don't have any time for dinner, drinks, lunch, coffee or meetings before I leave San Francisco.
- She was known as a ‘forgiving’ boat, allowing her crew to make mistakes without tossing them into the drink.
- When I stepped off my boat I found that after weeks at sea I could hardly stand - as soon as I stepped onto the jetty I almost fell straight backwards into the drink again.
- Me and Keith got caught by an alarmingly large gust of wind and ended up in the drink.
Old English drinc ‘drink’ had a close relative drenc which is the source of drench (Old English). The colloquial phrase the drink referring to the sea, dates from the mid 19th century, but drink like a fish goes back to at least the early 17th when John Fletcher and James Shirley wrote a play called The Night-Walker which contains the line ‘Give me the bottle, I can drink like a Fish now, like an Elephant’. Drunk comes from the past tense of drink. We now use the American drunk as a skunk, but Chaucer describes someone as drunk as a mouse; and drunk as a rat or even a wheelbarrow have been used in the past. Drunkards have been with us since at least the 13th century.
be drinking in the last chance saloon
- British informal see last chance.Example sentences
- City chiefs are drinking in the last chance saloon.
- ‘Stewart was aware that as far as the committee were concerned, on this issue, he was very much drinking in the last chance saloon,’ said the letter.
- According to the colourfully worded letter to members this week, they warned Mr Hulse he was drinking in the last chance saloon.
drink and drive
- Drive a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.Example sentences
- He urged motorists to stick to speed limits, pay attention when driving, wear seatbelts at all times, never drink and drive and always drive according to road conditions.
- This is encouraging people to drink and drive when the message is not to drink and drive at all.
- Since then, the message has been remorselessly driven home: do not drink and drive.
- Take a large draught or draughts of something: figurative he learnt to drink deep of the Catholic traditionMore example sentences
- Harry and Dolly and I stood in the kitchen doorway looking out, sniffing at the cool, damp, slightly metallic smell of the earth drinking deep after so long a drought.
- But Oxfam's research suggests we're drinking deep from the cup of inequity.
- It offers an opportunity to drink deep of the Gothic atmosphere and muse on the blurry boundaries between truth and illusion.
drink someone's health
- Express one’s good wishes for someone by raising one’s glass and drinking a small amount.Example sentences
- I drank their health as they embark on new adventures.
- I signed his card and donated money for a present, and drank his health at the pub.
- Don't be surprised if a perfect stranger comes over to drink your health - it's just that kind of place.
drink (a toast) to
- Celebrate or wish for the good fortune of someone or something by raising one’s glass and drinking a small amount: let’s drink to the success of our ventureMore example sentences
- Let's drink to that and celebrate our challenging lives!
- I'm off to get a glass of red and drink a toast to all my visitors - whoever and wherever you are.
- As a finale, he tips the water bucket on himself and downs a glass of tap water - drinking to the health of the city, the world and car-free Kensington.
drink someone under the table
- informal Consume as much alcohol as one’s drinking companion without becoming as drunk.Example sentences
- Girls have always felt like the weaker sex so now they want to show guys that they aren't - even if it's by drinking them under the table!
- I'd tell guys, ‘I can drink you under the table!’
- These guys can drink you under the table, and talk your ears off once you're down there.
drive someone to drink often humorous
- Trouble or disturb someone so much that they start to drink alcohol heavily: a job with enough management crises and near-disasters to drive any sane person to drinkMore example sentences
- Loneliness drives people to drink, to gamble, to shop of to get involved in destructive relationships.
- Baino is the most genial, laughing at situations that, in retrospect, probably drove him to drink.
- I've always assumed that politics would drive anyone to drink.
I'll drink to that
- Uttered to express one’s agreement with or approval of a statement.Example sentences
- When I get back to civilisation, I'll drink to that.
- To them there has not been anything easy about it and if the next game is won by ten points, well I'll drink to that and look forward to the next
- ‘I'll drink to that,’ Jamie announced, raising her glass of punch before taking a sip.
- When intoxicated: we’ve hit each other before, in drinkMore example sentences
- I have no doubt that during his periods of service in Germany he was drinking heavily and when in drink was aggressive and on occasions violent.
- We will continue to pursue those who flout licensing regulations in supplying drink to minors and those already in drink.
- We have to take children home aged 13 or 14 who are in drink and to be honest we never know what reaction we are going to get from the parents.
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