bend the elbow

vb
to drink alcohol.
A hearty euphemism used by habitues of bars all over the English-speaking world since the 19th century.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • crook the elbow —    Scottish    to be a drunkard    A variant of bend the elbow (see bend), which may imply no more than having a drink …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • At the elbow — Elbow El bow, n. [AS. elboga, elnboga (akin to D. elleboga, OHG. elinbogo, G. ellbogen, ellenbogen, Icel. ?lnbogi; prop.; arm bend); eln ell (orig., forearm) + boga a bending. See 1st {Ell}, and 4th {Bow}.] 1. The joint or bend of the arm; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • elbow — [OE] Logically enough, elbow means etymologically ‘arm bend’. It comes from a prehistoric West and North Germanīc *alinobogan (which also produced German ellenbogen, Dutch elleboog, and Danish albue). This was a compound formed from *alinā… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • bend one’s elbow — AND bend the elbow; lift one’s elbow tv. to take a drink of an lcoholic beverage; to drink alcohol to excess. □ He’s down at the tavern, bending his elbow. □ Paul gets lots of exercise. He bends his elbow thirty times a day …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • bend — I. /bɛnd / (say bend) verb (bent or, Archaic, bended, bending) –verb (t) 1. to bring (a bow, etc.) into a state of tension by curving it. 2. to force into a different or particular, especially curved, shape, as by pressure. 3. to cause to submit …   Australian English dictionary

  • bend —    obsolete    to drink intoxicants to excess    Probably a shortened form of bend the elbow, from the locomotion of the drinking vessel:     Bend well to the Madeira at dinner. (E. B. Ramsay, 1859)    See also elbow bending. Bent still means… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • elbow bender — n British a habitual imbiber of alcoholic liquor; a drunk. From the phrase to bend the elbow (in lifting a drink to the lips). Sam Brown admits she became a big time boozer when she was a schoolgirl and is still a solid elbow bender. (Photo… …   Contemporary slang

  • Elbow — El bow, n. [AS. elboga, elnboga (akin to D. elleboga, OHG. elinbogo, G. ellbogen, ellenbogen, Icel. ?lnbogi; prop.; arm bend); eln ell (orig., forearm) + boga a bending. See 1st {Ell}, and 4th {Bow}.] 1. The joint or bend of the arm; the outer… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Elbow grease — Elbow El bow, n. [AS. elboga, elnboga (akin to D. elleboga, OHG. elinbogo, G. ellbogen, ellenbogen, Icel. ?lnbogi; prop.; arm bend); eln ell (orig., forearm) + boga a bending. See 1st {Ell}, and 4th {Bow}.] 1. The joint or bend of the arm; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Elbow in the hawse — Elbow El bow, n. [AS. elboga, elnboga (akin to D. elleboga, OHG. elinbogo, G. ellbogen, ellenbogen, Icel. ?lnbogi; prop.; arm bend); eln ell (orig., forearm) + boga a bending. See 1st {Ell}, and 4th {Bow}.] 1. The joint or bend of the arm; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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