Is it even worse that the 4-year-old was made to chug a 40-oz can of Steel Reserve in public?
Those into “robo-tripping” often just chug the medicine without any chaser at all.
Yet throughout it all, the U.S. economy continues to chug along.
1866, echoic of a working steam engine. As a verb, from 1884. Related: Chugged; chugging. Drinking sense attested by 1940s (chug-a-lug), probably imitative of the sound of swallowing.
To drink very quickly and in volume, as alcohol: chugged six milks at lunch
To move along, esp slowly and laboriously: The USS Saratoga came chugging up the Delaware
[1900+; echoic of an engine, esp a steam engine, operating]
To drink the whole of what is in a glass or bottle without pausing: I tried to chug-a-lug a quart bottle of Schaefer/ He chugged a liter of vodka and dropped dead
[1940s+; echoic of the sound of repeated swallowing; perhaps related to Scots dialect chug, ''a short tug or pull'']