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Horlicks Line breaks: Hor|licks
Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːlɪks/

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Definition of Horlicks in English:


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


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

  • 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.


make a Horlicks of

British informal Make a mess of.

Words that rhyme with Horlicks

kylix • prolix • spondulicks

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