drinking game


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

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Ramirez claimed Kavanaugh committed the act while she was intoxicated during a drinking game in the 1983-84 academic year, when Kavanaugh was a freshman. Judson Berger, Fox News, "Trump calls new Kavanaugh accusations ‘totally political,’ stands by nominee," 2 Oct. 2018 Incredibly, Democrats spent their time with Judge Kavanaugh asking about drinking games and lines in his high school yearbook. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Confirm Brett Kavanaugh," 27 Sep. 2018 The holy day has finally arrived: the 2018 Met Gala, a night that’s sure to be replete with niche celebrity drama, major fashion hits and misses, and one trillion reasons to play a drinking game on a Monday night. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "All of the Celebrities Getting Ready for the Met Gala," 7 May 2018 The Presidential Personnel Office was portrayed in a recent Washington Post article as a frat house, with widespread workplace vaping and happy-hour drinking games involving Smirnoff Ice. Jonathan Mahler, New York Times, "How One Conservative Think Tank Is Stocking Trump’s Government," 20 June 2018 Also ideal for a Bachelor-watching drinking game during rose ceremonies, or as a last-minute Valentine's Day gift when all the actual roses are sold out. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "Rosé Vodka Is Here, Just in Time for Valentine's Day," 1 Feb. 2018 But Americans are lightweights in any worldwide drinking game, based on numbers from the World Health Organization. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "What too much alcohol can do to your health," 13 Apr. 2018 Burke admitted to being present for and actively encouraging a series of drinking games with Piazza and other fraternity pledges, prosecutors said. Darran Simon, CNN, "Guilty plea entered in the hazing death of Penn State University fraternity pledge," 13 June 2018 At least, until a certain book came out, and strangers started showing up as part of a peculiar drinking game. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, "Father, son bond writing U.P. bars book and it becomes a cult classic," 10 June 2018

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1617, in the meaning defined above

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