Green’s Dictionary of Slang

drink v.

[drink n.4 (1)]

[1970s+] (UK Und.) to be susceptible to bribery; thus code between newly arrested criminal and police officer Do you drink, officer?

SE in slang uses

In derivatives

drinkage (n.) [-age sfx]

[1980s+] (US campus) alcohol, esp. beer.

In phrases

drink all out (v.)

[mid-16C–early 17C] to empty one’s glass.

drink at Freeman’s Quay (v.) (also lush at Freeman’s Quay) [SE drink/lush v. (2); the free drinks distributed at this quay near London Bridge to porters and carmen in 1810–80; the RN amplified it to Harry Freemans (and used it for anything, not merely drink, that was free), while the British Army shortened it to Freemans]

[19C] to drink at another’s expense.

drink at St Patrick’s well (v.) [St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland]

[mid-17C] to drink (Irish) whisky.

drink at the fuzzy cup (v.)

[1970s+] (US black) to engage in cunnilingus.

drink by word of mouth (v.)

[late 18C–early 19C] to drink straight from the bottle .

drink from both taps (v.)

[1990s+] to be bisexual.

drink like a fish (v.) (also a goldfish, …a sieve, ...a well) [SE in 20C+]

[mid-17C–19C] to drink heavily.

drink of sauce’s cup (v.) (also eat sauce) [SE saucy, insolent]

[late 15C–16C] to be abusive or insolent.

drink on the whip (v.) (also drink of the whip, lick on the whip)

[15C–16C] to receive a thrashing.

drink out of the same bottle (v.)

[mid-19C; 1930s+] (orig. UK Und., later use US) to be close friends.

drink the cross off an ass (v.)

[20C+] (Irish) to have a substantial capacity for alcohol.

drink the Dolphin waters (v.) [the notorious laxity of the prison’s regime: prisoners could easily obtain alcohol; there may be a further ref. to a nearby Dolphin public house]

[mid-19C] to be imprisoned for debt.

drink with the flies (v.) (also have one with the flies) [a situation in which there are no companions other than the flies – whose presence is, of course, unwelcome]

[20C+] (Aus.) to drink by oneself; also attrib. .

he would drink the piss from a brewer’s horse

[2000s] (N.Z.) a phr. used of a dedicated drinker.