bend one's elbow

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Verb[edit]

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.