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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

tipple

\TIP-uhl\ , verb;
1.
To drink intoxicating liquor, esp. habitually or to some excess.
2.
To drink (intoxicating liquor), esp. repeatedly, in small quantities.
noun:
1.
Intoxicating liquor.
2.
A device that tilts or overturns a freight car to dump its contents.
Quotes:
Although we're pretty sure that soccer fans will find a way to tipple with or without the council's thumbs-up, it's nice to know that the city's bar owners can get in on the action.
-- Karon Liu, "City May Allow Soccer Fans-to Drink at-10 a.m. During-World Cup," Toronto Life
"I'm so pleased so many people came out today, including many who have never voted before. I will have a quick tipple today then the real work starts on Monday."
-- Rory O'Keeffe, "Conservative Penny Mordaunt swept to victory in Portsmouth North, taking 44 per cent of the vote." Portsmouth News
Origin:
Tipple is a back formation from the Middle English tipeler, "to tap." Tipsy is also related.
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