Hit the bottle

bottle

1 [bot-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,
a.
to repress, control, or restrain: He kept all of his anger bottled up inside him.
b.
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:
1325–75; Middle English botel < Anglo-French; Old French bo(u)teille < Medieval Latin butticula, equivalent to Late Latin butti(s) butt4 + -cula -cule1

bottlelike, adjective
well-bottled, adjective
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bottle1 (ˈbɒtəl)
 
n
1.  a.  a vessel, often of glass and typically cylindrical with a narrow neck that can be closed with a cap or cork, for containing liquids
 b.  (as modifier): a bottle rack
2.  Also called: bottleful the amount such a vessel will hold
3.  a.  a container equipped with a teat that holds a baby's milk or other liquid; nursing bottle
 b.  the contents of such a container: the baby drank his bottle
4.  short for magnetic bottle
5.  slang (Brit) nerve; courage (esp in the phrase lose one's bottle)
6.  slang (Brit) money collected by street entertainers or buskers
7.  slang (Austral) full bottle well-informed and enthusiastic about something
8.  informal the bottle drinking of alcohol, esp to excess
 
vb
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.  slang (Brit) (of a busker) to collect money from the bystanders
 
[C14: from Old French botaille, from Medieval Latin butticula literally: a little cask, from Late Latin buttis cask, butt4]

bottle2 (ˈbɒtəl)
 
n
dialect a bundle, esp of hay
 
[C14: from Old French botel, from botte bundle, of Germanic origin]

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Word Origin & History

bottle
mid-14c., originally of leather, from O.Fr. boteille (12c., Mod.Fr. bouteille), from V.L. butticula, dim. of L.L. buttis "a cask," which is perhaps from Gk. The bottle, figurative for "liquor," is from 17c. The verb is first recorded 1640s. Related: Bottled; bottling.
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Slang Dictionary

bottle definition


  1. n.
    a drunkard. : The bar was empty save an old bottle propped against the side of a booth.
  2. n.
    the bottle liquor. (Always with the in this sense.) : Her only true love is the bottle.
  3. in.
    to drink liquor to excess. : Let's go out and bottle into oblivion.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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hit the bottle definition


and hit the booze
  1. tv.
    to go on a drinking bout; to get drunk. : She got caught hitting the bottle in the office. , He's been hitting the booze for a week now.
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Bible Dictionary

Bottle definition


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.

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Idioms & Phrases

hit the bottle

Also, hit the booze or sauce. Drink alcoholic beverages, especially a great deal, as in I don't know if it will be a problem, but he hits the bottle every weekend, or She hardly ever hits the booze, but when she does, watch out, or It doesn't show in her work, but she hits the sauce every night. These slangy expressions date from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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