spin the bottle


: a kissing game in which one has as a partner the person a bottle points to when it stops spinning

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Herptathlon: Seven competitors spin the bottle. Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2021 At a party, a girl asks him to play spin the bottle. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, 13 Oct. 2020 In the original scene, David Rose (Levy), Alexis Rose (Annie Murphy), and Stevie (Emily Hampshire) play a round of spin the bottle with their significant others, Patrick (Noah Reid) and Ted (Dustin Milligan). Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 7 Oct. 2020 In the clip, from Season 5 Episode 5 of the show, Levy (who plays David) and Dustin Milligan (Ted) as well as Emily Hampshire (Stevie), Annie Murphy (Alexis) and Noah Reid (Patrick) are seen playing spin the bottle. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2020 Kissing-endurance contests will go the way of flagpole sitting, previously cast into the land of obsoletion, and what about the coming-of-age spin the bottle? Marc Bona, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2020 Sophie Age 14, during a game of spin the bottle at a house party. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, 12 Feb. 2020 Making out with another person at a party may be cheating in your eyes, but engaging in a game of spin the bottle is all good. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 22 Oct. 2019 On day three, as if suddenly aware of the need to perform, the contestants resorted to playing spin the bottle with a pineapple. Lou Stoppard, The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spin the bottle was in 1955

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“Spin the bottle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spin%20the%20bottle. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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