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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.
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.


make a Horlicks of
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.


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.

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