drinking game

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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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Grab a bottle of wine and check out our adults-only Hallmark Christmas movie drinking game! Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "This Hallmark Movie Bingo Game Is the Most Fun Way to Binge-Watch Your Holiday Favorites," 12 Nov. 2018 From unofficial drinking games to a user-friendly app, it's become cool to stay home and watch two people in sweaters fall in love in a town named like a Bath & Body Works lotion. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Secret Formula Behind Hallmark's Christmas Movie Empire," 30 Nov. 2018 Take the case of a drinking game gone horribly wrong in 18th-century France: one man challenged his drinking buddies to swallow part of his glass. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "A history of body horrors from distended scrotums to exploding teeth," 6 Dec. 2018 When asked about the references during his testimony on Thursday, Kavanaugh chalked up the references to inside jokes and drinking games. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Who Is Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh's High School Drinking Buddy?," 2 Oct. 2018 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

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1617, in the meaning defined above

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