have a few

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have a few

To have multiple alcoholic drinks, especially to the point of becoming mildly intoxicated. John's usually quite reticent around other people, but he becomes the life of the party after he's had a few. Nothing helps me unwind after a long week of working like having a few with some good friends.
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have a few

drink enough alcohol to be slightly drunk. informal
1991 James Kelman Events in Yer Life In fact it's hard to talk politics at all down there. I tend to keep my mouth shut. Unless I've had a few.
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References in classic literature ?
We are perhaps not quite so ignorant as we seem," the Inspector answered, "and of course you are right when you say that we have a few more facts to go by than have appeared in the newspapers.