bottle

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[bot-l]

noun

verb (used with object), bot·tled, bot·tling.

to put into or seal in a bottle: to bottle grape juice.
British. to preserve (fruit or vegetables) by heating to a sufficient temperature and then sealing in a jar.

Verb Phrases

bottle up,
  1. to repress, control, or restrain: He kept all of his anger bottled up inside him.
  2. to enclose or entrap: Traffic was bottled up in the tunnel.

Idioms

    hit the bottle, Slang. to drink alcohol to excess often or habitually.

Origin of bottle

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1325–75; Middle English botel < Anglo-French; Old French bo(u)teille < Medieval Latin butticula, equivalent to Late Latin butti(s) butt4 + -cula -cule1
Related formsbot·tle·like, adjectivewell-bot·tled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hit the bottle

bottle

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noun

  1. a vessel, often of glass and typically cylindrical with a narrow neck that can be closed with a cap or cork, for containing liquids
  2. (as modifier)a bottle rack
Also called: bottleful the amount such a vessel will hold
  1. a container equipped with a teat that holds a baby's milk or other liquid; nursing bottle
  2. the contents of such a containerthe baby drank his bottle
short for magnetic bottle
British slang nerve; courage (esp in the phrase lose one's bottle)
British slang money collected by street entertainers or buskers
full bottle Australian slang well-informed and enthusiastic about something
the bottle informal drinking of alcohol, esp to excess

verb (tr)

to put or place (wine, beer, jam, etc) in a bottle or bottles
to store (gas) in a portable container under pressure
slang to injure by thrusting a broken bottle into (a person)
British slang (of a busker) to collect money from the bystanders

Word Origin for bottle

C14: from Old French botaille, from Medieval Latin butticula literally: a little cask, from Late Latin buttis cask, butt 4

bottle

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noun

dialect a bundle, esp of hay

Word Origin for bottle

C14: from Old French botel, from botte bundle, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for hit the bottle

bottle

n.

mid-14c., originally of leather, from Old French boteille (12c., Modern French bouteille), from Vulgar Latin butticula, diminutive of Late Latin buttis "a cask," which is perhaps from Greek. The bottle, figurative for "liquor," is from 17c.

bottle

v.

1640s, from bottle (n.). Related: Bottled; bottling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with hit the bottle

hit the bottle

Also, hit the booze or sauce. Drink alcoholic beverages, especially a great deal, as in I don't know if it will be a problem, but he hits the bottle every weekend, or She hardly ever hits the booze, but when she does, watch out, or It doesn't show in her work, but she hits the sauce every night. These slangy expressions date from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

bottle

In addition to the idiom beginning with bottle

  • bottle up

also see:

  • crack a bottle
  • hit the bottle
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