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binge

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noun
  1. a period or bout, usually brief, of excessive indulgence, as in eating, drinking alcoholic beverages, etc.; spree.
verb (used without object), binged, bing·ing or binge·ing.
  1. to have a binge: to binge on junk food.

Origin of binge

First recorded in 1850–55; dial. (Lincolnshire) binge to soak < ?
Related formsbing·er, noun

Synonyms

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1. bender, blast, jag, tear, bust, toot; orgy.
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  • When this binge is over … when the rehearsal finishes, you know, how about a bite to eat?

    The Little Warrior

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • Goes on a binge, doesn't show up for work, so they fire him.

    Nor Iron Bars a Cage....

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • He turned east, northeast, east-by-north, like a compass on a binge.

    One Purple Hope!

    Henry Hasse

  • But, returning to this binge for a moment, I don't see how it matters to you one way or the other.

  • Goes for weeks without touching the stuff, then he goes out on a binge that lasts for a week sometimes.

    Nor Iron Bars a Cage....

    Gordon Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for binge

binge

noun informal
  1. a bout of excessive eating or drinking
  2. excessive indulgence in anythinga shopping binge
verb binges, bingeing, binging or binged (intr)
  1. to indulge in a binge (esp of eating or drinking)

Word Origin

C19: probably Lincolnshire dialect binge to soak
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Word Origin and History for binge

n.

1854, "drinking bout," also (v.) "drink heavily, soak up alcohol;" dialectal use of binge "soak" (a wooden vessel). Noted originally as a Northampton dialect word. Sense extended c. World War I to include eating as well as drinking. Related: Binged; binging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with binge

binge

see go on, def. 9.

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