drinking game

noun

Definition of drinking game

: a game in which players drink alcohol when particular conditions are met Drinking games have always been a way to break the ice. They weren't all that popular in my circle of friends, but I do remember occasional games of Beer-Pong, in which cups of beer are placed on a Ping-Pong table where they serve as both obstacles and receptacles: land a shot in one and your opponent has to chug the contents.— Barrett Seaman

Examples of drinking game in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a side note, my family has also been known to play drinking games during the appetizer part of Thanksgiving, a tradition started by my young adult nieces and nephew. Jackie Pilossoph, chicagotribune.com, "Column: This Thanksgiving, I’m reflecting on the 6 things my family has taught me," 22 Nov. 2019 Bars are littered with obnoxious drinking games, and everyone is hiding something. Los Angeles Times, "The bad place: Go to hell in ‘Afterparty,’ Night School’s follow to hit game ‘Oxenfree’," 20 Sep. 2019 Click through gallery above to see the rules for our unofficial World Series drinking game. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "The unofficial World Series drinking game for Astros-Nationals," 22 Oct. 2019 And just wait till that giant swordfish that was mounted on Papa’s wall is brought out to join in the drinking games. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Wives,’ the Other Halves Have Their Say," 16 Sep. 2019 The plans for guard Quenton Nelson's viral keg stand — a drinking game in which a person performs a handstand on top of a beer keg while drinking from it as long as possible — began several weeks ago. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Colts' Quenton Nelson's viral keg stand touchdown celebration was weeks in the making," 17 Nov. 2019 A few weeks later, at a gay bar in the Doyama district, a group of older dudes egged me into various drinking games. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, "The Japanese Fried-Rice Omelette That Rewired My Brain," 5 Nov. 2019 There was a drinking game, love and career advice, pickup lines and plenty of tipsy chatter. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Seth Meyers day drinking with Rihanna needs to happen more," 21 June 2019 Rihanna appeared on a Late Night with Seth Meyers segment last night where the two took shots, chugged beer, and played some fun drinking games. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Day Drinking with Seth Meyers Is an Entire Mood," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of drinking game

1617, in the meaning defined above

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19 Dec 2019

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“Drinking game.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drinking%20game. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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