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elbow-bender

[ el-boh-ben-der ]
/ ˈɛl boʊˌbɛn dər /
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noun Slang.

a person who drinks alcoholic beverages to excess; a heavy drinker.

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Origin of elbow-bender

First recorded in 1910–15; elbow + bender, from the image of a person bending the elbow to pick up an alcoholic drink, usually in a bar
el·bow-bend·ing, noun, adjective
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