Green’s Dictionary of Slang

binge n.


1. (also binge-up) excessive consumption, usu. of drink and (latterly) drugs; thus binge drinker, a very heavy drinker; binge-drinking, drinking to excess; bingeland, a notional ‘world’ of drunken excess; bingy, involving excessive drinking.

[UK]Barrère & Leland Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.
[UK]A.S.G. Lee letter in No Parachute (1968) 26 June 75: Last night’s binge was a send-off for pratt.
[UK](con. WWI) Fraser & Gibbons Soldier and Sailor Words 23: Binge: Drink. A carouse.
[UK]‘Leslie Charteris’ Enter the Saint 109: It had been a beautiful binge. Champagne. An’ brandy. An’ beer.
[UK]J. Maclaren-Ross Of Love And Hunger 48: Went out to Egypt. On the staff. Just one long binge-up. Best time he ever had in his life.
[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 710: Just throwing the damnedest old binge you ever saw.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Sat. Night and Sun. Morning 5: It was Saturday night, the best and bingiest glad-time of the week.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Mama Black Widow 14: The poor baby is sleeping off a binge.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Start in Life (1979) 314: Take this money and have a binge on bread and jam.
[UK]S. Berkoff West in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 112: Maybe a binge at some vomity local.
[US]H. Gould Double Bang 131: One more drink would tip him into bingeland.
[Scot]I. Welsh Filth 18: The aftertaste of a jakey’s lips after a binge on the old purple tin.
[UK]Indep. Real Life 25 July 4: We’re binge drinkers definitely – we’re onto our fourth vodka.
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 57: Ow long’s it teyk like t’recover from-a binge?
[Aus]D. Telegraph (Sydney) 23 Apr. 🌐 Sailor said family tragedies caused him to binge-drink and consequently use cocaine. ‘I wasn’t dealing with those issues — the binge-drinking it made you push it away .
M. Forsyth Short History of Drunkenness 40: Egyptians were proud of their binge-drinking.
M. Forsyth Short History of Drunkenness 57: It was his decision whether this evening was going to be [...] a debacuhed binge.

2. in weak use, any form of party or outing.

[UK]N&Q 12 Ser. IX 345: Binge. Social gathering. As verb – to imbibe alcohol.
[UK]Wodehouse Inimitable Jeeves 174: I had had experience of one or two of these binges.
[UK]E. Waugh Vile Bodies 191: Thanks no end for the binge.
[UK]Jennings & Madge May the Twelfth: Mass-Observation Day-Surveys 4:62: She found the day very dull. If she had been able, I think she would have enjoyed most a dance or some other binge with boy friends.
[UK]Wodehouse Mating Season 71: That Lovers’ leap binge is fixed for next Thursday.
[UK]Wodehouse Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit 1: I was in no sense looking forward to the binge.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 28 June 4: The venue’s opening binge earlier this month.
[UK]Observer Escape 9 Jan. 2: Our resolution to purge our livers prior to the inevitable festive binge lasted until 30 minutes after touchdown.

3. a situation.

[UK]Wodehouse Inimitable Jeeves 8: So you put the whole binge to Jeeves.
[UK]Wodehouse Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit 179: You mean you’ll handle the whole binge?
[UK]Wodehouse Jeeves in the Offing 65: It amazed me that I could have allowed myself to be let in for a binge of this description.
[US]J. Wambaugh Golden Orange (1991) 361: I knew how you’d go on a guilt binge when you didn’t save a drowning man because you were drunk.
[US]C. Hiaasen Lucky You 95: Ever since he’d started the workout binge, he’d become moody and rough.

4. a campaign.

[US]W.P. McGivern Big Heat 64: A newspaper on a reform-binge is an altogether different matter.

In phrases

on a binge (also on the binge)

out on a drunken spree.

[UK]A.J. Querle ‘Allah il Allah!’ 100: Corporal Kleig [...] had been ‘on the binge’ the night before. Apparently, also, he had a hang-over .
[US]Louis Jordan ‘Rusty Hinge’ 🎵 Rusty hinge, / On a binge, / Never satisfied with what I’ve got.
[US]C.R. Bond 12 Feb. in A Flying Tiger’s Diary (1984) 98: Several of us went on a binge tonight.
[US]M. Spillane One Lonely Night 129: How long was he on that binge?
[US]Kerouac letter 7 Jan. in Charters II (1999) 322: On that 30 day binge in New York I stayed at the lofts of two painters.
[US]C. Loken Come Monday Morning 110: He hadn’t started on a binge like he did most Las’ Fridays.