used to describe a person who often drinks a lot of alcohol
He had a troubled relationship with his violent, hard-drinking father.

Examples of hard-drinking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Where to watch: Hulu Mad Men The slick glamour of the 1960s advertising world is the backdrop for Mad Men, a dark drama that oscillates around the charismatic, though hard-drinking and philandering executive Don Draper (Jon Hamm). Cady Lang, TIME, 16 May 2024 But the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, whatever its authenticity, has ever since stood as a monument to hard-drinking existentialists, including, presumably, Post Malone. Tom Zoellner, SPIN, 9 Apr. 2024 With the arrival of the jet age in the 1960s, the island became a quagmire of sun-and-sand mass tourism, with chunks of its coast quickly barnacled with cheap all-inclusive refuges catering to hard-drinking Brits and Germans. Tony Perrottet, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Mar. 2024 Karaoke became a Japanese obsession in the 1970s, associated with hard-drinking salarymen kicking back after work with sake and song. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 16 Mar. 2024 In that hard-drinking era, sommeliers were considered snobbish, condescending types who cajoled diners into overspending. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 As a hard-drinking, oft-puking, ass-kicking Santa Claus, David Harbour is tasked with rescuing an insufferable family from a terrorist (John Leguizamo) who wants all of their money. EW.com, 31 Jan. 2024 His hard-drinking lifestyle cut his original run with the Pogues short after five albums together, though, and MacGowan was fired for his erratic and unreliable performances in 1991. Al Shipley, SPIN, 30 Nov. 2023 But the latter is: Meyer Landsman, a divorced, hard-drinking detective in the Sitka police department. Jack Butler, National Review, 4 Nov. 2023

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“Hard-drinking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard-drinking. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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