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booze-up

[booz-uhp] /ˈbuzˌʌp/
noun, Chiefly British
1.
a drinking spree.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900

booze

[booz] /buz/
noun
1.
any alcoholic beverage; whiskey.
2.
a drinking bout or spree.
verb (used without object), boozed, boozing.
3.
to drink alcohol, especially to excess:
He continued to booze until his health finally gave out.
Idioms
4.
booze it up, to drink heavily and persistently.
Origin
1610-20; respelling of bouse2, reflecting one of its pronunciation variants
Related forms
boozer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for booze up

booze

/buːz/
noun
1.
alcoholic drink
2.
a drinking bout or party
verb
3.
(usually intransitive) to drink (alcohol), esp in excess
Derived Forms
boozed, adjective
boozing, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Middle Dutch būsen

booze-up

noun
1.
(Brit & Austral, NZ, slang) a drinking spree
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Word Origin and History for booze up

booze

n.

by 1821, perhaps 1714; probably originally as a verb, "to drink a lot" (1768), variant of Middle English bouse (c.1300), from Middle Dutch busen "to drink heavily," related to Middle High German bus (intransitive) "to swell, inflate," of unknown origin. The noun reinforced by name of Philadelphia distiller E.G. Booze. Johnson's dictionary has rambooze "A drink made of wine, ale, eggs and sugar in winter time; or of wine, milk, sugar and rose-water in the summer time." In New Zealand from c.World War II, a drinking binge was a boozeroo.

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Slang definitions & phrases for booze up

booze up

verb phrase

To drink a great deal of liquor (1940s+)


booze

noun

Any alcoholic drink, esp whiskey and other spirits (1880s+)

verb

To drink alcoholic beverages, esp to drink whiskey heavily (1760s+)

Related Terms

hit the bottle

[fr Middle English and dialect bowse (pronounced like booze), ''drink, carouse,'' reinforced by the name of a 19thcentury Philadelphia distiller, E G Booze]


booze-up

noun

A drinking spree; binge: the morning booze-up which was still fouling his blood (1890s+ British)


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