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drinking song

a song of hearty character suitable for singing by a group engaged in convivial drinking.
Origin of drinking song
1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A drinking song, and a gay one too, that may bring back the right tone amongst us; and let wine flow to rejoice our hearts.

    Akbar P. A. S. van Limburg-Brouwer
  • Turiddu's drinking song in "Cavalleria Rusticana" is a good example.

  • The four men went into the tavern, and soon Michael caught the sound of a drinking song.

  • The drinking song—every opera has one—we changed just a little.

    Perkins of Portland Ellis Parker Butler
  • Poisson stood next and with an abrupt bow to the ladies, sang a drinking song: "The Wines of France."

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The next scene is concerned with the Streltsy, who march in to a drinking song.

    The Russian Opera Rosa Newmarch
  • A roll of drums, a chorus of men's voices, somewhat truculent, in the drinking song.

  • She flung the lace back from her head, and gave herself up to the joyous riot of that drinking song.

  • Why are four thousand eight hundred and forty yards of land obtained on credit like a drinking song?

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