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binge

    A binge is a bout of excessive drinking or eating. The word also denotes excessive indulgence in anything, as in a shopping binge. To binge is to indulge in an activity, especially drinking or eating, to excess.   The word was first recorded in the form benge in Observations on some of the […]

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to make no bones about something

to make no bones about something

  Sacrifice of Isaac, by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (circa 1571-1610)     MEANING   to have no hesitation in stating, or dealing with, something, however unpleasant or awkward it is     ORIGIN   Always used in the negative, this phrase dates back to the 16th century, originally as to make no bones at or in. It also […]

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porter, stout & cooper

porter, stout & cooper

      Monsieur César de Saussure         Porter (short for porter’s ale or porter’s beer) is a kind of beer, of a dark brown colour and bitter taste, brewed from malt partly charred or browned by drying at a high temperature.   It is worth noting that, originally, porter was a […]

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on the nail

    MEANING   of payments: without delay     ORIGIN   This expression refers to the fingernail and might originally have alluded to drinking fair and square. A clue might be provided by the French phrase payer rubis sur l’ongle (literally to pay ruby on the fingernail), which means to pay exactly what is […]

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barmy

barmy

    Barm is the froth that forms on the top of fermenting malt liquors. It is used to leaven bread, and to cause fermentation in other liquors. This is why the literal senses of the adjective barmy are: – of, full of, or covered with, barm, – frothing. Therefore, barmy came to be applied […]

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a hair of the dog

a hair of the dog

  A hair of the dog is an alcoholic drink taken to cure a hangover. It is from a hair of the dog that bit you, formerly recommended as an efficacious remedy for the bite of a mad dog. The first recorded use of this phrase in English dates back to 1546. In his Proverbs, Epigrams and […]

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