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     ( cocktail parties    plural  ) A cocktail party is a party, usually held in the early evening, where cocktails or other alcoholic drinks are served. People often dress quite formally for them.      n-count  
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cocktail     ( cocktails    plural  )
1       n-count   A cocktail is an alcoholic drink which contains several ingredients.  
On arrival, guests are offered wine or a champagne cocktail...     
2       n-count   A cocktail is a mixture of a number of different things, especially ones that do not go together well.  
oft N of n  
The court was told she had taken a cocktail of drugs and alcohol...     
3   
    fruit cocktail  
    prawn cocktail  
    Molotov cocktail  


cocktail dress        ( cocktail dresses    plural  ) A cocktail dress is a dress that is suitable for formal social occasions.      n-count  
cocktail lounge        ( cocktail lounges    plural  ) A cocktail lounge is a room in a hotel, restaurant, or club where you can buy alcoholic drinks.      n-count  
Let's meet in the cocktail lounge at the Hilton.     
cocktail party        ( cocktail parties    plural  ) A cocktail party is a party, usually held in the early evening, where cocktails or other alcoholic drinks are served. People often dress quite formally for them.      n-count  
fruit cocktail        ( fruit cocktails    plural  ) Fruit cocktail is a mixture of pieces of different kinds of fruit eaten as part of a meal.      n-var  
Molotov cocktail     ( Molotov cocktails    plural  ) A Molotov cocktail is a simple bomb made by putting petrol and cloth into a bottle. It is exploded by setting fire to the cloth.      n-count  
prawn cocktail        ( prawn cocktails    plural  ) A prawn cocktail is a dish that consists of prawns, salad, and a sauce. It is usually eaten at the beginning of a meal.  
  (BRIT)      n-var  
in AM, use shrimp cocktail     
shrimp cocktail        ( shrimp cocktails    plural  ) A shrimp cocktail is a dish that consists of shrimp, salad, and a sauce. It is usually eaten at the beginning of a meal.  
  (mainly AM)      n-var  
in BRIT, use prawn cocktail     

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n.
person at a party
exp.
celebrate smth. with excitement; party wildly; party all night long
exp.
acronym for Let Me Know, as to ask the other party to get back to you
n.
(in an auction, negotiation or other business competition) the situation in which the winning party has overrated the pursued object
[Bus.]
exp.
consider that two parties don't owe anything to each other
n.
an agreement through which one of the parties is offered very advantageous conditions because of the special relation with the partner
[Bus.] most frequently ,"sweetheart deal" has a negative connotation implying the idea of illegality or immorality .
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