Definition of Kool-Aid in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkuːleɪd


[mass noun] North American , trademark
A powder that is added to water or another liquid to make a fruit-flavoured soft drink: a pitcher of cherry Kool-Aid
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  • Catfish anglers are doing well in 15 feet of water with sliced hot dogs and chicken soaked overnight in grape Kool-Aid.
  • Just go back to your jug of Kool-Aid and take a swig and relax.
  • The future is very bright, join me for a glass of Kool-Aid.


1920s: from kool, an informal respelling of cool + -aid, a respelling of -ade, after lemonade, orangeade, etc..


drink the Kool-Aid

informal Demonstrate unquestioning obedience or loyalty to someone or something: his real ire is directed at the news media for drinking the Kool-Aid and not being tougher on the president
[with allusion to an incident in 1978 in which members of the People's Temple, a religious and political group in Jonestown, Guyana, committed mass suicide by drinking a cyanide-laced soft drink thought to be similar to Kool-Aid]
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  • I'm not drinking the Pentagon Kool-Aid.
  • There were times during that bad week when the four of us were thinking that we were drinking the Kool-Aid and not getting the whole picture.
  • In other words: everyone had drunk the New Economy Kool-Aid.

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