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highball

[hahy-bawl]
noun
1.
a drink of whiskey mixed with club soda or ginger ale and served with ice in a tall glass.
2.
Railroads.
a.
a signal to start a train, given with the hand or with a lamp.
b.
a signal for a train to move at full speed.
3.
Military Slang. a hand salute.
verb (used without object)
4.
Slang. to move at full speed.
verb (used with object)
5.
to signal to (the engineer of a train) to proceed.

Origin:
1880–85, Americanism; high + ball1

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highball (ˈhaɪˌbɔːl)
 
n
1.  a long iced drink consisting of a spirit base with water, soda water, etc
2.  (originally in railway use) a signal that the way ahead is clear and one may proceed
 
vb
3.  (intr) to move at great speed
4.  (tr) to drive (a vehicle) at great speed
 
[C19: (in sense 2) from the early railway signal consisting of a ball hoisted to the top of a pole]

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highball
type of alcoholic drink, 1898, probably from ball "drink of whiskey," high because it is served in a tall glass.
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