1. (Aus./US) a drunkard.
|Coopers Intl Jrnl 10 n.p.: A booze-fighter [...] cares more for saloons and barrel houses than he does for his union.|
|Boston Globe Sun. Mag. 21 Dec. 7–8: There are [...] the ‘gapers’ or the ’booze-fighters’.|
|I Need The Money 82: My old friend Dike, the booze killer.|
|Mr Dooley Says 102: They disthributed copies iv ‘Death in th’ Bottle’; or, ‘The Booze-Fighter’s Finish’ among our sojery.|
|Zone Policeman 88 92: ‘Shorty’ was gradually winning the title of a thirty-third degree ‘booze- fighter’.|
|Journal of Murder in Gaddis & Long (2002) 116: I have met every kind of a crook there is. [...] booze fighters and cop fighters.|
|Circus of Dr Lao 14: Larry the infantryman, Larry the booze-fighter, Larry the whorechaser.|
|Narrow Street (1947) 312: You’re both a pair of boozefighters beyond help.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 792: booze fighter – A heavy drinker.|
|Texas Stories (1995) 141: One can’t expect too much of a semi-literate booze-fighter.‘The Last Carousel’ in|
|‘The Open Book’ in Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 111: But each range breeds its own brand of bastard / and boozefighter, bugger or bum.|
2. (US) a narcotics addict (in the context of using alcohol to counter withdrawal symptoms).
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 440: Booze-fighter, A dope fiend.|