Origin of sundowner
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After the rain ended, we took a bottle of wine to a slab of granite rock just beyond camp for a sundowner.Walking With Wildebeests: Exploring the Serengeti on Foot
July 9, 2013
Once a man becomes a "sundowner" he is useless for any honest employment.Australian Pictures
Now grooms were hard to get, especially at the price I could afford to pay, and I did not want a man of the sundowner stamp.Camp Fire Yarns of the Lost Legion
Also it's safe to draw a sundowner sitting listlessly on a bench on the veranda, reading the Bulletin.While the Billy Boils
The news of his return spread quickly and several officials dropped in for a "sundowner."
He longed each night for the usual "sundowner," but had determined not to open his one remaining bottle, in case of accident.
- Australian and NZ obsolete, slang a tramp, esp one who seeks food and lodging at sundown when it is too late to work
- nautical a strict ship's officer
- informal, mainly British an alcoholic drink taken at sunset
- NZ slang a lazy sheepdog
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