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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of happy hour

First recorded in 1960–65
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happy hour

noun
  1. a time, usually in the early evening, when some pubs or bars sell drinks at reduced prices
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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.

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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]

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