highball

noun
high·​ball | \ ˈhī-ˌbȯl How to pronounce highball (audio) \

Definition of highball

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an iced drink containing liquor (such as whiskey) and water or a carbonated beverage (such as ginger ale) and served in a tall glass
2 : a railroad signal for a train to proceed at full speed

highball

verb
highballed; highballing; highballs

Definition of highball (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to go at full or high speed a highballing express train

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Examples of highball in a Sentence

Verb

trying to make up for lost time, the train just highballed through the station without stopping

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to Kluger, the intertwining of highballs and high altitudes was inescapable—a natural evolution of the downtime imbibing of previous military generations. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Space and booze, an anecdotal history," 6 July 2019 The Suntory Toki highball machine spits out a mean cocktail. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The Mission’s Prairie switches gears, but is it better?," 3 July 2019 By 1960, Suntory had introduced its first highball in a can, now a staple of social drinking. Hannah Lott-schwartz, Fortune, "Inside Japan’s Oldest Whisky Distillery," 16 June 2019 Aside from that, most people down fruity highballs and mojitos—in between shots, of course. Naren Young, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Bars in Barcelona," 3 Mar. 2018 Part refrigerator and part tap, the machine pours a perfect whisky-soda highball every time, low in alcohol content but highly refreshing. Hannah Lott-schwartz, Fortune, "Inside Japan’s Oldest Whisky Distillery," 16 June 2019 Drinks are clever and a little indulgent, like desserts in a highball. Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Bars in Sydney," 27 Feb. 2018 Bar Goto Come here—a minimalist shelter from the storm of Lower East Side partiers—for okonomiyaki, sleek Japanese design, and excellent highballs. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Bars in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 Pour into a highball full of ice cubes. Garnish with a grapefruit twist over the top of the drink. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of highball

Noun

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of highball was in 1894

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highball

noun

English Language Learners Definition of highball

US, somewhat old-fashioned : a drink of alcoholic liquor mixed with water or another liquid and served in a tall glass

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