take a drink


take a drink
   to be an alcoholic
   As in drink1:
    Do you take a drink, Missis Spencer? (R. Doyle, 1996 — a doctor was quizzing his patient)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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  • drink to — drink to, drink to the health of or drink the health of To drink wine, etc, with good wishes for the health, prosperity, etc of, to toast • • • Main Entry: ↑drink * * * drink (a toast) to celebrate or wish for the good fortune of someone or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • drink the health of — take a drink of alcohol in honor of someone …   English contemporary dictionary

  • take — 1 /teIk/ verb past tense took past participle taken MOVE STH 1 (T) to move someone or something from one place to another: Don t forget to take your bag when you go. | Paul doesn t know the way can you take him? | take sb/sth to: We take the kids …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • drink — 1 /drINk/ noun 1 (C) an amount of liquid that you drink: Can I have a drink of water, please? | soft drink (=a non alcoholic drink): They sell ice cream and soft drinks. 2 (C, U) alcohol, or a glass or bottle of alcohol: Have another drink. |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • drink — I n. 1) to fix, make, mix a drink 2) to pour a drink 3) to have, take; nurse; toss off a drink 4) a fizzy (BE); potent, stiff, strong; still (BE) ( not sparkling ); weak drink 5) a mixed; soft drink 6) (misc.) to drown one s sorrows in drink II v …   Combinatory dictionary

  • take — takable, takeable, adj. taker, n. /tayk/, v., took, taken, taking, n. v.t. 1. to get into one s hold or possession by voluntary action: to take a cigarette out of a box; to take a pen and begin to write. 2. to hold, grasp, or grip: to take a book …   Universalium

  • take — I n. (colloq.) reaction 1) a double take ( delayed reaction ) (to do a double take) illegal payments 2) on the take (they were all on the take) ( they were all accepting bribes ) II v. 1) to take (a matter) lightly; seriously 2) (A) ( to carry )… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • take — [c]/teɪk / (say tayk) verb (took, taken, taking) –verb (t) 1. to get into one s hands or possession by force or artifice. 2. to seize, catch, or capture. 3. to grasp, grip or hold. 4. to get into one s hold, possession, control, etc., by one s… …   Australian English dictionary

  • drink — I. v. n. 1. Take a drink, quench one s thirst. 2. Tipple, tope, be a drunkard, be a toper, be intemperate (in the use of spirituous liquors), be of intemperate habits, take a drop too much. 3. Carouse, revel, indulge in a drinking bout. II. v. a …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • take to — idi a) to devote or apply oneself to: to take to drink[/ex] b) to respond favorably to: They took to each other at once[/ex] c) to go to: to take to one s bed[/ex] d) to have recourse to; resort to …   From formal English to slang


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