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[burl; Scot. birl]Chiefly Scot.
verb (used with object), birled, birl·ing.
  1. to pour (a drink) or pour a drink for.
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verb (used without object), birled, birl·ing.
  1. to drink deeply; carouse.
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Origin of birle

before 1000; Middle English birlen, Old English byrelian, derivative of byrele butler; akin to bear1
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  • Boucher and Jamieson have collected much regarding the obsolete use of the verb to birle, to carouse, to pour out liquor.

    Notes and Queries, Number 72, March 15, 1851