informal (Of an alcoholic) abstain from alcoholic drink, especially as part of a detoxification program: he intends to dry out and get his life back together again
More example sentences
- Billy's lawyer alleges that Iris has a drink problem, while her lawyer claims that he had spent three weeks in a monastery drying out.
- Apparently she's drying out in a hospital somewhere.
- It's the additional bottle of schnapps for the alky who should be drying out.
give up drinking, give up alcohol, become a teetotaler, go on the wagon