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high liver

noun, Informal.
a person who lives extravagantly or luxuriously.
Origin of high liver
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He has been a high liver, and he is an old man; but I hope for the best.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • It was only coffee, cold ham, and bread and butter; so he cannot have been a high liver.

    Up The Baltic Oliver Optic
  • The colonel was a high liver and prided himself on his horsemanship.

    Historic Homes Mary H. Northend
  • The captain of that ship was a high liver, and his room was chuck full of champagne bottles.

    Kilo Ellis Parker Butler
  • He became a high liver, gouty and dyspeptic, and died with symptoms of gouty kidney at 70.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • He was fond of the good things of this life, and was a high liver.

  • He was always a high liver, and it's a wonder apoplexy didn't take him long ago.

    Motor Matt's Clue Stanley R. Matthews
  • Mouillot is still a high liver, Balivan as distraught as ever, and Duptrain still insists on putting people to sleep.

  • Stubb was a high liver; he was somewhat intemperately fond of the whale as a flavorish thing to his palate.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • Old Ralph, high liver and genial soul, had been so indulgent a master, that his nephew suffered by the comparison.

    The Colonel's Dream

    Charles W. Chesnutt

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