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happy hour

a cocktail hour or longer period at a bar, during which drinks are served at reduced prices or with free snacks:
happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.
Origin of happy hour
1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for happy hour
  • Forming a support group is as easy as inviting a few friends to lunch or happy hour.
  • Early happy hour is pretty standard across the board, typically with deep discounts on food and booze.
  • In the evening, after happy hour, he turned sybarite.
  • The ads are aimed at younger urban professionals who look forward to other parts of the day besides happy hour.
  • Eating out and happy hour at the bar can be fun, but take caution.
  • During happy hour, people come from all over the city to take advantage of the drink specials and lower prices.
  • Three lunch specials are available, which include the curry of the day, and happy hour takes place at the bar.
  • The bar has weekday happy hour specials, and the extensive wine and beer list offers imported and domestic choices.
  • The restaurant is located at the beach and offers daily happy hour specials.
  • There is a daily happy hour from four to seven in the evening.
British Dictionary definitions for happy hour

happy hour

a time, usually in the early evening, when some pubs or bars sell drinks at reduced prices
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for happy hour

"early evening period of discount drinks and free hors-d'oeuvres at a bar," first recorded 1961.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for happy hour

happy hour

noun phrase
  1. The hour or so of relaxation with drinks after work; cocktail hour
  2. A specified period of time, usually in early evening, in some restaurants and bars when drinks are sold at lower prices or when free food is provided (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with happy hour

happy hour

A period in the late afternoon or early evening when a bar or lounge features drinks at reduced prices. For example, The hotel bar has a happy hour from five to seven every day. [ 1960s ]
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