(UK Und.) to be susceptible to bribery; thus code between newly arrested criminal and police officer Do you drink, officer?
|Signs of Crime 181: ‘Does he drink?’ may mean ‘Is he willing to be bribed?’.|
SE in slang uses
(US campus) alcohol, esp. beer.
|Technique (Georgia Tech.) 29 Mar. 🌐 She most likely learned her heavy drinking habits in Pennsylvania, where due to state law, beer can only be purchased by the case. That’s twenty-four beers, meaning a whole lot of drinkage.|
see dine with Duke Humphrey under dine v.
to empty one’s glass.
|Lesclarcissement de la Langue Francoyse n.p.: Verbes: Drinke to you [...] you must drinke agayne for you tolde me not whether you dranke to a marke or els all out.|
|Introduction of Knowledge (1870) 151: There be many a good felowes, the wyche wyll drynke all out.|
|Decayed Intelligence 13: To say drink a Garaus... which is to say all-out [F&H].|
|[||Dict. of Fr. and Eng. Tongues n.p.: alluz all-out; or a carouse fully drunk up].|
to drink at another’s expense.
|Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: Freeman’s Quay. Free of expense. To lush at Freeman’s Quay; to drink at another’s cost.|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc.|
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|Sl. Dict. 169: Freeman’s quay ‘drinking at freeman’s quay,’ i.e., at another’s cost. This quay was formerly a celebrated wharf near London Bridge, and the saying arose from the beer which was given gratis to porters and carmen who came there on business.|
to drink (Irish) whisky.
|A Brown Dozen of Drunkards n.p.: [...] by one that hath drunk at St. Patrick’s Well [F&H].|
(US black) to engage in cunnilingus.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 235: drink at the fuzzy cup Engage in cunnilingus.|
to drink straight from the bottle .
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Word of Mouth. To Drink by word of Mouth, to Drink out of the Bowl or Bottle instead of a Glass.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn).|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
to be bisexual.
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: drink from both taps euph. To be bisexual; a switch hitter (qv); AC/DC.|
(Irish) to be a heavy drinker.
|[John Banville] Christine Falls 45: ’You’re a terrible man,’ she said. ’You’d drink it off a sore leg.’ He lifted the whiskey glass.|
to drink heavily.
|Night-Walker IV i: Give me the bottle, I can drinke like a Fish now.|
|Sir Harry Wildair II i: Drink like a Fish, and swear like a Devil.|
|York Spy 22: These slouching mute Disciples drank like Fish.|
|Conduct of Receivers and Thief-Takers 14: I see they drink Geneva like Fishes.|
|A York Dialogue between Ned and Harry 16: They will sit from three till ten at night, and drink like fishes.|
|Sporting Mag. Dec. XIII 173/1: And soon the cellar’s stock was sunk, / He’d drink so like a fish!|
|Elbow-Shakers! I iv: Here’s to her who can drink as hard as a fish.|
|‘Cock Salmon’ in Frisky Vocalist 40: He would drink like a fish and was thought a good soul.|
|London Assurance in London Assurance and other Victorian Comedies (2001) Act II: Permit me to introduce my friend Augustus Hamilton. (Aside to Max) Capital fellow! Drinks like a sieve and rides like a thunderstorm.|
|Sam Slick’s Wise Saws I 44: He drinks, as he says, ‘like a fish’.|
|Little Ragamuffin 147: A thunderin’ old cat [...] drinks like a fish.|
|High Spirits I 290: He drank like a gold-fish.‘An Aunt by Marriage’ in|
|Peck’s Bad Boy and His Pa (1887) 100: He has gone to drinking again, like a fish.|
|Bushranger’s Sweetheart 199: She could drink like a fish [and] swear like a trooper.|
|Bisbee Dly. Rev. (AZ) 21 Apr. 3/3: Oh! Mamma says you drink like a fish.|
|Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 204: Down and out, and drinking like a fish.‘The Comeback’ in|
|in Rainbow in Morning (1965) 82: He’s a regular Strap Buckler; i.e., drinks like a fish.|
|Passage 263: Hughie was so upset he was drinking like a fish.|
|Shanty Irish 135: He drinks like a well.|
|Gilt Kid 33: They swore like navvies, drank like fishes, and fought like hell amongst themselves.|
|Mass-Observation Report on Juvenile Drinking 11: Look at those bloody little bitches over there [...] they drink like fish, and they take the sailors, asking for trouble, and when they’re left in the cart they wail about it.|
|Jimmy Brockett 101: These society toms drank like fishes.|
|Gardens of Stone (1985) 134: Your mom drinks like a goldfish.|
to be abusive or insolent.
|Bowge of Courte line 72: She sayde she trowed that I had eten sause; She asked yf ever I dranke of saucys cuppe.|
|Magnyfycence line 1404: Ye have eten sauce, I trowe, at the Taylers Hall.|
to receive a thrashing.
|Towneley Mysteries ‘Processus Noe Cum Filiis’ (2) line 378: In fayth, and for youre long tarying Ye shal lik on the whyp.|
|Hist. of Jacob and Esau V vi: If [...] thou are caught in a trippe, Nay for his sake, Abza, ye shall drinke of the whippe.|
|Steele Glas Fi: Comes naked neede? and chance to do amisse? He shal be sure, to drinke vpon the whippe.|
(orig. UK Und., later use US) to be close friends.
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 117/1: We couldn’t have wished for a pleasanter termination of the quarrel [...] and once more we all drank out of the same bottle.|
(US black) to drink heavily at someone else’s expense.
|in Chicago Defender 20 June 10: The dear girls [...] decided to ‘drink him up’ so they had his 200 chollies melting [...] as they guzzled beer.|
see take the soup under soup n.
(Irish) to have a substantial capacity for alcohol.
|At Night All Cats Are Grey 62: He was a poweful drouth. He would drink the cross off an ass.|
to be imprisoned for debt.
|Finish to the Adventures of Tom and Jerry (1889) 279: I should not be surprised if he was [...] under the especial protection of the King’s servants, and ordered by his body physician to drink the Dolphin Waters for a few weeks [...] Take a stroll into the King’s Bench [i.e. a debtor’s prison] and, if you require any further explanation concerning the Dolphin Waters, you will find plenty of the Collegians quite eloquent upon the subject.|
(Aus.) to drink by oneself; also attrib. ; note extrapolation in cit. 1912.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 28 July 11/2: There are so many economies in drinking with the flies that the Kurruk’s preference for having its whisky by itself is quite understandable.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 3 July 4/7: The battler, with bluey up and corks around his hat, drawing mud-maps and drinking with the flies.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Nov. 15/2: Up against a groggery he got into conversation with a tall, dignified gentleman, whom he asked to come and refresh – the Maitland man was not one to mop liquor with the flies.|
|Sport (Adelaide) 12 June 4/1: Mrs B’s star boarder, N.P., was seen having a drink with the flies the other evening.|
|Truth (Wellington) 13 Oct. 1: A wowser is a criminal, and often he is a drunkard, a sly drink-with-the-flies sort of a drunk, and unfortunately for wowserism in New Zealnd, wowsers are being found out every day.|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 28: Drink with the flies: a drink consumed without the company of others. Also, to drink alone.|
|Aussie Eng. (1966) 40: ‘Having one with the flies’, or ‘drinking with the flies’ — a man standing alone at the bar, buying drinks for himself.|
|I’m a Jack, All Right 114: Better have a drink before I expire. Hate drinking with the flies. You’d better join me.|
|Aussie Swearers Guide 79: A man who refuses to shout [...] soon drinks with the flies (i.e. alone).|
|Dinkum Aussie Dict. 22: Drink with the flies: A person who is an outcast of society, or otherwise disliked by society, is said to drink with the flies because they are his only companions.|
|Lingo 132: Terms like jimmy woodser and he’s drinking with the flies echo this disapproval of the solitary imbiber.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
(N.Z.) a phr. used of a dedicated drinker.
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|