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pregame

adjective pre·game \ ˈprē-ˌgām \
|Updated on: 23 Jul 2018

Definition of pregame

: existing or occurring before a game
  • a pregame party
  • the athlete's usual pregame meal/warm-up
  • The Bulls had finished their pregame shooting and were returning for the regular pregame meeting to go over the scouting report …
  • —Sam Smith

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First Known Use of pregame

1906

in the meaning defined above

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pregame

verb pre·game \ ˌprē-ˈgām \

Definition of pregame

pregamed; pregaming
US, informal
: to begin drinking alcohol before an event or activity (such as a party or a night out)
  • Her friends, all in their 20s and pregaming for a Saturday night out in the bars, nodded enthusiastically.
  • —Dan Kois
  • On the same principle, pregaming with a few shots before you arrive is a risky maneuver. You should be relatively sober when you present your host gift and size up the situation.
  • —Pete Wells

pregaming

noun
    • Pregaming … is the practice of consuming alcohol before going to a social event.
    • —Georgina Lawton
    • … students reported higher rates of pregaming and alcohol-related blackouts than national averages.
    • —Tess Sohngen

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First Known Use of pregame

2004

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