nurse a drink

Consume a drink slowly, especially in order to conserve it. For example, He nursed one drink for the whole evening. This idiom alludes to holding a glass very carefully, as one might a child. [c. 1940]


Nearby words

  1. nuristani,
  2. nurl,
  3. nurmi,
  4. nurmi, paavo,
  5. nurse,
  6. nurse a grudge,
  7. nurse anesthetist,
  8. nurse crop,
  9. nurse practitioner,
  10. nurse shark

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