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drink

  
  ( drinks    plural & 3rd person present)   ( drinking    present participle)   ( drank    past tense)   ( drunk    past participle  )
1       verb   When you drink a liquid, you take it into your mouth and swallow it.  
He drank his cup of tea...      V n  
He drank thirstily from the pool under the rock.      V  
2       verb   To drink means to drink alcohol.  
He was smoking and drinking too much...      V  
  drinking      n-uncount  
She had left him because of his drinking...     
3       n-count   A drink is an amount of a liquid which you drink.  
oft N of n  
I'll get you a drink of water.     
4       n-count   A drink is an alcoholic drink.  
She felt like a drink after a hard day.     
5       n-uncount   Drink is alcohol, such as beer, wine, or whisky.  
Too much drink is bad for your health.     
6   
    drinking  
7    People say `I'll drink to that' to show that they agree with and approve of something that someone has just said.  
INFORMAL  
drink to that      convention  
  (feelings)   
drink to      phrasal verb   When people drink to someone or something, they wish them success, good luck, or good health before having an alcoholic drink.  
Let's drink to his memory, eh?      V P n   drink up      phrasal verb   When you drink up an amount of liquid, you finish it completely.  
Drink up your sherry and we'll go...      V P n (not pron)  
Drink up, there's time for another.      V P  


drink-drive      , drink drive  
Drink-drive means relating to drink-driving.      adj   ADJ n  
He was nearly three times over the drink drive limit.     
drink-driver        ( drink-drivers    plural  ) , drink driver   A drink-driver is someone who drives after drinking more than the amount of alcohol that is legally allowed.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
in AM, use drunk driver     
  drink-driving      n-uncount  
...a drink-driving conviction.     
soft drink        ( soft drinks    plural  ) A soft drink is a cold, non-alcoholic drink such as lemonade or fruit juice, or a fizzy drink.      n-count  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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drink to

  
  
pledge, pledge the health of, salute, toast  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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exp.
blindly believe in smth.; embrace an idea/practice without questioning it.
from the mass-suicide led by People Temple organization leader in 1978, who asked his followers to drink poisoned Kool-Aid juice.
n.
(british slang) "a strong drink" as in "i need a stiff whisky so pour me a real snorter", or (nautical slang) "a strong wind".
Slang
n.
bar or counter where drinks are served without limitation after paying a fixed fee

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