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Examples of quaff in a Sentence
We stopped at a bar and quaffed a few beers.
after digging our car out of the snowdrift, we were ready to quaff some hot chocolate
Recent Examples of quaff from the Web
The stylish pub concept is a comfy place to hangout while quaffing draft brews and digging into some inventive pub fare that follows the seasons closely.
For $200 — or $375 for a pair — frequent-flier customers can purchase a one-year membership that entitles drinkers to larger pours, discounts on everything, and the rights to quaff from a fancy handmade mug.
Nevertheless, about 40 percent of the stuff is sold in the year’s final quarter, much of it for quaffing on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and especially New Year’s.
Bannon was padding around the room in a black blazer over two collared shirts, quaffing a can of Pocari Sweat, a popular Japanese energy drink.
Those are life-changing moments with which quaffing a Tokaji really should not compare.
Taste: Incredibly smooth, a quaffing India Pale Ale.
Edelzwicker is a term used in Alsace for a simple, blended quaffing wine.
Movie fans can already save money at discount theaters and quaff chardonnay with their lava cake in luxury theaters.
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Quaff and Slug
Nowadays, quaff has an old-fashioned, literary sound to it. For more contemporary words that suggest drinking a lot of something, especially in big gulps and in large quantity, you might try drain, pound, or slug. If you are a daintier drinker, you might say that you prefer to sip, imbibe or partake in the beverage of your choice. Quaff is by no means the oldest of these terms—earliest evidence of it in use is from the early 1500s, whereas sip dates to the 14th century—but it is the only one with the mysterious "origin unknown" etymology.
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