Dutch courage


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Dutch courage

1. Liquor. Come down to the bar and join us in drinking some Dutch courage!
2. The false sense of confidence induced by alcohol consumption. Joe gets into a lot of fights when he drinks, and I suspect that Dutch courage is to blame.
3. Drugs. You didn't bring any Dutch courage? Man, I need to get high tonight!
See also: courage, Dutch

Dutch courage

unusual or artificial courage arising from the influence of alcohol. (Viewed by some as insulting to the Dutch.) It was Dutch courage that made the football fan attack the policeman. It will take a bit of Dutch courage to make an after-dinner speech.
See also: courage, Dutch

Dutch courage

False courage acquired by drinking liquor, as in He had a quick drink to give him Dutch courage. This idiom alludes to the reputed heavy drinking of the Dutch, and was first referred to in Edmund Waller's Instructions to a Painter (1665): "The Dutch their wine, and all their brandy lose, Disarm'd of that from which their courage grows."
See also: courage, Dutch

Dutch courage

mainly BRITISH
If you talk about Dutch courage, you mean the feeling of bravery and confidence in yourself that results from drinking alcohol. The survey also noted how some performers used a little Dutch courage to overcome inhibitions. Sometimes before leaving I would drink a glass of vodka on the stairs for Dutch courage. Note: In the past, the Dutch had a reputation for drinking a lot of alcohol.
See also: courage, Dutch

Dutch courage

bravery induced by drinking alcohol.
The phrase Dutch courage stems from a long-standing British belief that the Dutch are extraordinarily heavy drinkers.
See also: courage, Dutch

ˌDutch ˈcourage

(British English, informal) courage or confidence that you get by drinking alcohol: I was afraid of having to tell my wife about what had happened, so I went to the pub to get some Dutch courage.
See also: courage, Dutch

Dutch courage

1. n. liquor; false courage from drinking liquor. A couple of shots of Dutch courage, and he was ready to face anything.
2. n. drugs. Max deals in Dutch courage, as he calls it.
See also: courage, Dutch

Dutch courage

Bravery acquired by drinking alcohol. Political and economic rivals during the 17th century, England and Holland fought a series of wars. English propagandists spread the rumor that Dutch soldiers and sailors developed the necessary nerve to fight only after drinking gin and other alcoholic beverages. The Dutch haven't fared well in the English language. Other unflattering phrases are “Dutch treat (you pay for only yourself), “Dutch uncle” (a stern person, especially one who gave you a lecture you weren't happy about receiving), and “double Dutch” (gibberish).
See also: courage, Dutch
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This Dutch courage comes in the form of spirit and bottle.
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D-DAY veterans are being offered a free bottle of Dutch courage by a local landlord to celebrate their part in Hitler's downfall.
Mr Edwards,now 80, said:``Each member of the flail tank crews was issued with a small bottle of whisky and told to drink it on the journey across the Channel,obviously to give us Dutch courage.
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I expect the Bees to continue to showing Dutch courage and so we are happy to be top end Chesterfield.
Obviously, alcohol gives him Dutch courage if he's shy the rest of the time.
John Fisher's script also shows the other side of Tommy Cooper, by revealing telling scenes in his dressing room when he defies doctor's orders following a previous heart attack to smoke cigars and drinking too much, seemingly for dutch courage.
After the person she believed responsible phoned her on October 19, she had a drink to give her Dutch Courage to go out and armed herself with the knife in case she met him.
Others resorted to Dutch courage, drinking from bottles of beer as they attempted to woo local policewomen and traffic wardens.
That is when stupidity brought about by dutch courage comes into play and trouble starts, so it is a bit rich for the powers that be to lay blame on premises which are licensed to sell and serve a legal substance, alcohol, and are not employed as nursemaids to the badly behaved few who cannot handle their alcohol consumption.
However, a bit of Dutch courage takes its toll on the teenager, who emerges from the meeting in a dishevelled state.
We had no need to wander, our husbands were so knackered after a day's manual work they were not forever spraying and powdering themselves with a final squirt to give them Dutch courage with what they thought was delectable perfume.
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Indeed I would go further and call for an assurance that our sacred English mother tongue is never again tainted with any trace of a continental connotation such as Brussels sprouts, French cricket, Spanish onions, German measles, Danish pastry, even 'Checkmate' as in chess and certainly Dutch courage.