bend one's elbow

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Suggesting the motion of an arm raising a glass to drink.


bend one's elbow

  1. (idiomatic) To drink alcoholic beverages, especially at a public house or bar.
    • 2002, Jacques Stephen Alexis, In the Flicker of an Eyelid, page 32:
      One day is no worse than the next for El Caucho; so it's a whim when he starts bending his elbow or ties one on. When he is really "plastered," El Caucho looks grim, but he isn't really nasty.