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 Five were jammed around a table meant for four, playing a drinking game. New York Times, "Was the College Football Season Worth It?," 30 Dec. 2020 The network is airing a record 40 new films this year, so there’s plenty of time to test out this drinking game before New Year's Eve. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "This Hallmark Christmas Movie Drinking Game Will Be the Hit of Your Holiday Party," 8 Dec. 2020 For her part, Kate gave student Emma Sharpe a Prosecco Pong drinking game and William handed one of the students a mini-football set. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Take Part in Secret Santa — and William Loves His Gift!," 8 Dec. 2020 Why not scale down the beer pong drinking game to fit on a desktop? Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, "Essential Minnesota gift guide: 61 perfect picks while we're all home for the holidays," 27 Nov. 2020 Others offered up King's signature saying as a drinking game to make light of the situation. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "CNN's John King is the only one having 'fun' on Election Day: Viewers react to catchphrase," 4 Nov. 2020 Consider playing a drinking game every time someone says America. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Fargo season 4 has a lot of nothing to say about America: Review," 14 Sep. 2020 Grab some friends, throw on Netflix Party or Zoom screen share a show, and follow the rules of your favourite movie drinking game. Hannah Rimm, refinery29.com, "7 Drinking Games You Can Even Play In A Pandemic," 20 Aug. 2020 If the Biden-Harris ticket prevails, the White House’s drinking game will be taken several notches up. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Kamala Harris, the only major candidate who drinks booze, has great taste in wine," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of drinking game

1617, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2021

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“Drinking game.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drinking%20game. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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