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bottle1

[bot-l] /ˈbɒt l/
noun
1.
a portable container for holding liquids, characteristically having a neck and mouth and made of glass or plastic.
2.
the contents of such a container; as much as such a container contains:
a bottle of wine.
3.
bottled cow's milk, milk formulas, or substitute mixtures given to infants instead of mother's milk:
raised on the bottle.
4.
the bottle, intoxicating beverages; liquor:
He became addicted to the bottle.
verb (used with object), bottled, bottling.
5.
to put into or seal in a bottle:
to bottle grape juice.
6.
British. to preserve (fruit or vegetables) by heating to a sufficient temperature and then sealing in a jar.
Verb phrases
7.
bottle up,
  1. to repress, control, or restrain:
    He kept all of his anger bottled up inside him.
  2. to enclose or entrap:
    Traffic was bottled up in the tunnel.
Idioms
8.
hit the bottle, Slang. to drink alcohol to excess often or habitually.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English botel < Anglo-French; Old French bo(u)teille < Medieval Latin butticula, equivalent to Late Latin butti(s) butt4 + -cula -cule1
Related forms
bottlelike, adjective
well-bottled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bottle up

bottle up

verb (transitive, adverb)
1.
to restrain (powerful emotion)
2.
to keep (an army or other force) contained or trapped: the French fleet was bottled up in Le Havre

bottle1

/ˈbɒtəl/
noun
1.
  1. a vessel, often of glass and typically cylindrical with a narrow neck that can be closed with a cap or cork, for containing liquids
  2. (as modifier): a bottle rack
2.
Also called bottleful. the amount such a vessel will hold
3.
  1. a container equipped with a teat that holds a baby's milk or other liquid; nursing bottle
  2. the contents of such a container: the baby drank his bottle
4.
short for magnetic bottle
5.
(Brit, slang) nerve; courage (esp in the phrase lose one's bottle)
6.
(Brit, slang) money collected by street entertainers or buskers
7.
(Austral, slang) full bottle, well-informed and enthusiastic about something
8.
(informal) the bottle, drinking of alcohol, esp to excess
verb (transitive)
9.
to put or place (wine, beer, jam, etc) in a bottle or bottles
10.
to store (gas) in a portable container under pressure
11.
(slang) to injure by thrusting a broken bottle into (a person)
12.
(Brit, slang) (of a busker) to collect money from the bystanders
See also bottle out, bottle up
Word Origin
C14: from Old French botaille, from Medieval Latin butticula literally: a little cask, from Late Latin buttis cask, butt4

bottle2

/ˈbɒtəl/
noun
1.
(dialect) a bundle, esp of hay
Word Origin
C14: from Old French botel, from botte bundle, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for bottle up

bottle

n.

mid-14c., originally of leather, from Old French boteille (12c., Modern French bouteille), from Vulgar Latin butticula, diminutive of Late Latin buttis "a cask," which is perhaps from Greek. The bottle, figurative for "liquor," is from 17c.

v.

1640s, from bottle (n.). Related: Bottled; bottling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bottle up

bottle

noun
  1. A bottle or bottle's amount of liquor; jug: He had a bottle on him (late 1600s+)
  2. A glass insulator for electric or communications lines (1900s+ Line repairers)
  3. A vacuum tube (1920s+ Radio operators)
Related Terms

fight a bottle, hit the bottle


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bottle up in the Bible

a vessel made of skins for holding wine (Josh. 9:4. 13; 1 Sam. 16:20; Matt. 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37, 38), or milk (Judg. 4:19), or water (Gen. 21:14, 15, 19), or strong drink (Hab. 2:15). Earthenware vessels were also similarly used (Jer. 19:1-10; 1 Kings 14:3; Isa. 30:14). In Job 32:19 (comp. Matt. 9:17; Luke 5:37, 38; Mark 2:22) the reference is to a wine-skin ready to burst through the fermentation of the wine. "Bottles of wine" in the Authorized Version of Hos. 7:5 is properly rendered in the Revised Version by "the heat of wine," i.e., the fever of wine, its intoxicating strength. The clouds are figuratively called the "bottles of heaven" (Job 38:37). A bottle blackened or shrivelled by smoke is referred to in Ps. 119:83 as an image to which the psalmist likens himself.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with bottle up

bottle up

Repress, contain, hold back; also, confine or trap. For example, The psychiatrist said Eve had been bottling up her anger for years, or The accident bottled up traffic for miles. This idiom likens other kinds of restraint to liquid being contained in a bottle. [ Mid-1800s ]

bottle

In addition to the idiom beginning with
bottle
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Encyclopedia Article for bottle up

bottle

narrow-necked, rigid or semirigid container that is primarily used to hold liquids and semiliquids. It usually has a close-fitting stopper or cap to protect the contents from spills, evaporation, or contact with foreign substances.

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