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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How to use happy hour in a sentence
We’re in a collective mental health crisis, with isolation wreaking havoc and Zoom happy hours not solving anything.The Most Practical Outdoor Dining Outfit Is a Snuggie | Jaya Saxena | February 9, 2021 | Eater
She found any excuse to throw parties with her friends and family, whether for Halloween or happy hour.A sick mother, a loving son, a signed Ovechkin jersey — and how the Caps tried to help | Kyle Melnick | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
I’ve never seen the patio where we’re set to host our happy hour the night before.
Having a community of friends who are always down to take in those landscapes on a happy hour hike is definitely a close second.
The group of six men decided to start having socially distant happy hours on their lawn chairs in their shared cul-de-sac.No game days. No bars. The pandemic is forcing some men to realize they need deeper friendships. | Samantha Schmidt | November 30, 2020 | Washington Post
As the crowd sucked down the debate happy-hour specials in the hours before the debate, a worried frisson settled over them.Anxious Moments and Dry Humor for Obama Faithful Watching Debate in Park Slope | David Freedlander | October 17, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
With a Republican frontrunner weaker than a happy-hour margarita and a significantly reshuffled deck of challengers.Rick Santorum Reshuffles the GOP Primary Deck With MN, MO Wins | Michelle Cottle | February 8, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
They should spend more time in the kitchen and less time worrying about the specials and happy-hour board.
The happy hour shall come, all the more appreciated because it comes unexpectedly.Us and the Bottleman | Edith Ballinger Price
The day wears away, and at length comes the happy hour when gown and slippers may be brought into requisition.Friends and Neighbors | Anonymous
Looking back afterwards that seemed to Judith to be the last happy hour she had with Nancy for some time.Judy of York Hill | Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett
The change he marked was not the influence of the present happy hour; a stronger and less recent power had done the magic work.Mary Seaham, Volume 1 of 3 | Elizabeth Caroline Grey
And now, as the happy hour of his departure was quickly approaching, he became silent for a little.Insula Sanctorum et Doctorum | John Healy
British Dictionary definitions for happy hour
a time, usually in the early evening, when some pubs or bars sell drinks at reduced prices
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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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