- a brand name for a powdered mix used to make a sugary, fruit-flavored drink.
- a drink made from this mix.
- drink the Kool-Aid, to support or believe in something in a blindly enthusiastic way: A level-headed reporter, he didn’t drink the Kool-Aid on the tax issue.
Origin of Kool-Aid
def 3 in reference to the 1978 Jonestown Massacre, in which a cult leader supposedly convinced followers to drink a poisoned beverage
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Examples from the Web for kool-aid
We even had a guy jump his bike over one into a pool of Kool-Aid.Dude, Where’s My Bus? Fast Times in the Iconic VW Van
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The hype is contagious—and everyone is drinking the Kool-aid.Banksy’s Unexpected Turn
October 7, 2013
There was nothing explicitly in the Kool-Aid we drank at Young Judaea.No Bulldozers?
September 11, 2012
But then, over time, he began to drink the Islamist kool-aid.Bachmann, Gaffney, and the GOP’s Anti-Muslim Culture of Conspiracy
July 23, 2012
For his part, Akers was hardly drinking the Kool-Aid in terms of appreciating performance art when he took on the project.Marina Abramović’s Silent Revolution in Performance Art
January 23, 2012
Death Waits was a good kid, but he was a serious imbiber of the kool-aid.Makers