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[binj] /bɪndʒ/
a period or bout, usually brief, of excessive indulgence, as in eating, drinking alcoholic beverages, etc.; spree.
verb (used without object), binged, binging or bingeing.
to have a binge:
to binge on junk food.
Origin of binge
1850-55; dial. (Lincolnshire) binge to soak < ?
Related forms
binger, noun
1. bender, blast, jag, tear, bust, toot; orgy. Unabridged
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  • Then he'll have to construct another building, find more equipment, and go on another hiring binge.
  • While binge drinking remains high at colleges, it has dropped among people of the same age who do not attend college.
British Dictionary definitions for binge


noun (informal)
a bout of excessive eating or drinking
excessive indulgence in anything: a shopping binge
verb (intransitive) binges, bingeing, binging, binged
to indulge in a binge (esp of eating or drinking)
Word Origin
C19: probably Lincolnshire dialect binge to soak
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Word Origin and History for binge

1854, "drinking bout," also (v.) "drink heavily, soak up alcohol;" dialectal use of binge "soak" (a wooden vessel). Noted originally as a Northampton dialect word. Sense extended c. World War I to include eating as well as drinking. Related: Binged; binging.

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Slang definitions & phrases for binge



A spree, esp a drunken spree; bat, bender: with the studios on an economy binge/ one last Ha¨agen-Dazs binge (mid-1800s+)


To carouse; consume

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with binge


see: go on , def. 9.
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