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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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 Although the celebration took place Frogmore House, one of the Queen's royal residences, there was clearly some American influences on the party, even in the form of college drinking games. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Serena Williams Played Beer Pong at the Royal Wedding Reception and Obviously Crushed Everyone," 21 May 2018 In a lot of ways, the drinking game came to define the series, with its extremely specific humor, bizarre references, and unabashed, youthful fun. refinery29.com, "Why We Should Have All Seen The New Girl Series Finale Twist Coming," 16 May 2018

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1617, in the meaning defined above

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