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 The letter also stated that students engaged in two other underage drinking events, including drinking games. Chris Barilla, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2023 To put a seasonal spin on some of your favorite drinking games like beer pong or flip cup, simply draw an eye on the ball or use red food coloring to give your beverages a vampiric twist. Kate McGregor, House Beautiful, 6 Sep. 2023 Shannon Storms Beador Denies Being 'Kicked Out' of a Bar After Shouting 'Argument' with Ex's Daughter Deeper into the night, which included a round of drinking games, Tamra Judge accused Heather of overstating Shannon’s relationship woes with the other ladies — which Heather denied. Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 10 Aug. 2023 And key to many students' party time: Will drinking games be allowed? Matthew Dolan, Detroit Free Press, 20 July 2023 From there, the two played a drinking game in which Meyers challenged Rihanna to recall where she was based on photos of her past outfits. Tracey Harrington McCoy, Peoplemag, 20 Apr. 2023 Such a thing is built (and in this case being sold) for laughs, intentional or otherwise — when all else fails, let the viewer drinking games begin. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 16 Feb. 2023 Grab some friends, throw on Netflix Party or Zoom screen share a show, and follow the rules of your favorite movie drinking game. Hannah Rimm, refinery29.com, 20 Aug. 2020 This kind of forethought and wellness-centered (?) thinking is a far cry from the binge drinking of years past when Four Loko was the drink of choice and drinking games like Edward Fortyhands allowed imbibers to get drunk as quickly as humanly possible regardless of the consequences. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 23 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1617, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drinking game was in 1617

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“Drinking game.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drinking%20game. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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