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happy hour

a cocktail hour or longer period at a bar, during which drinks are served at reduced prices or with free snacks:
happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.
Origin of happy hour
First recorded in 1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for happy hour
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  • Can't you finish your visit earlier, and let six be the happy hour?

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • This beginning spoiled the happy hour; for the picture was not Eveline's portrait.

    Black Diamonds Mr Jkai
  • But it will be done some time, and then comes the happy hour!

  • The happy hour shall come, all the more appreciated because it comes unexpectedly.

    Us and the Bottleman

    Edith Ballinger Price
  • Eleven will be the happy hour; fear not that the altar will not be worthy the charming bride of such a rich family.

    Old Fritz and the New Era Louise Muhlbach
  • But speaking of Coney Island, many's the happy hour I've spent on its historic sands.

    Step Lively! George Niblo
  • The day wears away, and at length comes the happy hour when gown and slippers may be brought into requisition.

  • And now, as the happy hour of his departure was quickly approaching, he became silent for a little.

British Dictionary definitions for happy hour

happy hour

a time, usually in the early evening, when some pubs or bars sell drinks at reduced prices
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for happy hour

"early evening period of discount drinks and free hors-d'oeuvres at a bar," first recorded 1961.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for happy hour

happy hour

noun phrase

  1. The hour or so of relaxation with drinks after work; cocktail hour
  2. A specified period of time, usually in early evening, in some restaurants and bars when drinks are sold at lower prices or when free food is provided (1980s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with happy hour

happy hour

A period in the late afternoon or early evening when a bar or lounge features drinks at reduced prices. For example, The hotel bar has a happy hour from five to seven every day. [ 1960s ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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