take the drop


take the drop
   to be killed by hanging
   From the scaffold:
    He's as good as taken the drop already. (G. Greene, 1934)
   To take a drop means regularly to drink alcohol.

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

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  • take a drop — {v. phr.} 1. To indulge in alcoholic drinks. * /Aunt Liz doesn t really drink; she just takes a drop every now and then./ 2. To lose value; decrease in price. * /Stocks took a big drop yesterday due to the international crisis./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take a drop — {v. phr.} 1. To indulge in alcoholic drinks. * /Aunt Liz doesn t really drink; she just takes a drop every now and then./ 2. To lose value; decrease in price. * /Stocks took a big drop yesterday due to the international crisis./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take\ a\ drop — v. phr. 1. To indulge in alcoholic drinks. Aunt Liz doesn t really drink; she just takes a drop every now and then. 2. To lose value; decrease in price. Stocks took a big drop yesterday due to the international crisis …   Словарь американских идиом

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