drinking game

noun
|Updated on: 15 Aug 2018

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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