Definition of highball in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪbɔːl/
North American


1A drink consisting of a spirit, especially whisky, and a mixer such as soda, served with ice in a tall glass.
Example sentences
  • We found twelve boxes of glassware that my father had won - glasses for old fashioneds, manhattans, margaritas, highballs, beer, and wine.
  • Shake all ingredients for 15 seconds and strain into a highball glass filled with ice, garnish with apple slice.
  • CEOs, like other executives, may see it as part of their job to have a few highballs at a business dinner or to let loose a bit at the company holiday party.
2 informal A railway signal to proceed.
Example sentences
  • At 8: 12 AM we got the highball, and proceeded west.
  • Then there was some difficulty with the brake test and we finally got the highball at 8: 49, So the train which had been running early was now nearly an hour late.
  • Shortly after settling into my seat, we got the highball and left the station right on the advertised at 10: 20 AM.


[no object, with adverbial of direction] informal
Travel fast: they highballed north
More example sentences
  • We made an on-time stop at Gainesville, GA at 7: 43 AM, and then highballed towards Atlanta.
  • The level of the fighting was apparent as we highballed toward the base's gate.
  • We then highballed nonstop to Jamaica, following the same route through Queens as we had taken earlier.

Words that rhyme with highball


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