hold your liquor


hold your liquor
   to drink a lot of alcohol without appearing drunk
   Intermediate urination does not disqualify you but vomiting does:
    He can't drive, he can't cook, he can't hold his liquor. (Theroux, 1978)

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  • hold your liquor — see ↑liquor • • • Main Entry: ↑hold hold your liquor informal : to be able to drink alcoholic beverages without becoming too drunk He can t hold his liquor at all. • • • Main Entry: ↑liquor …   Useful english dictionary

  • not hold your liquor — not hold (your) liquor to not be able to drink alcohol without showing any effects. Scott didn t hold his liquor very well he d either fall asleep or sit silently and sadly after a couple of drinks. Usage notes: the opposite meaning is expressed… …   New idioms dictionary

  • hold her liquor — drink but not get drunk, hold your drinks    Thelma can hold her liquor. She looks sober after five drinks …   English idioms

  • hold your drinks — drink liquor but not be rude or foolish    You may be able to hold your drinks, but you can t drive my car …   English idioms

  • can't hold their liquor — can t hold (their) drink/liquor if someone can t hold their drink, they get drunk after drinking very little alcohol. You can t hold your drink, that s your problem. Two beers and you re under the table …   New idioms dictionary

  • hold — I [[t]ho͟ʊld[/t]] PHYSICALLY TOUCHING, SUPPORTING, OR CONTAINING ♦ holds, holding, held 1) VERB When you hold something, you carry or support it, using your hands or your arms. [V n prep/adv] Hold the knife at an angle... [V n] She is holding her …   English dictionary

  • hold — I. verb (held; holding) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English healdan; akin to Old High German haltan to hold, and perhaps to Latin celer rapid, Greek klonos agitation Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to have possession or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hold — hold1 [hōld] vt. held, holding [ME holden < Anglian OE haldan (WS healdan), akin to Ger halten, Goth haldan, to tend sheep < IE base * kel , to drive, incite to action > Gr kelēs, swift horse, L celer, swift: prob. sense development:… …   English World dictionary

  • hold — hold1 W1S1 [həuld US hould] v past tense and past participle held [held] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(in your hand/arms)¦ 2¦(event)¦ 3¦(keep something in position)¦ 4¦(job/title)¦ 5¦(keep/store)¦ 6¦(keep something available for somebody)¦ 7¦(keep somebody… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hold — 1 verb past tense and past participle held IN YOUR HANDS/ARMS 1 a) (T) to have something firmly in your hand or arms: He was holding a knife in one hand. | Can you hold the groceries for me while I open the door? | I held the baby in my arms. |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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