unwinder

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

unwind +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

unwinder (plural unwinders)

  1. A device that unwinds.
  2. (colloquial) An alcoholic drink taken as a relaxant.
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, New York: Viking, Chapter Five, p. 114,[1]
      It seemed to them the ideal place for those confidential mid-morning potations and games of pool for which the Foreign Office had invented the phrase “elevenses”, after the hour of the morning when one feels one most needs a short swift drink, or a long “unwinder”, to use slang.
    • 2010, William Campbell, Apotheosis, Glyd-Evans Press, p. 137,
      In contrast to the overwhelming sweetness, the cool drink is bitter like coffee, but with a strong bite of alcohol. One sip and I hand it back. Not the time for that sort of unwinder.