hit the bottle

hit the bottle

To drink alcohol, especially to excess. All this stress at work right now is enough to make me hit the bottle.
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hit the bottle

 and hit the booze
Fig. Inf. to go on a drinking bout; to get drunk. Jed's hitting the bottle again. He's been hitting the booze for a week now.
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hit the bottle

Also, hit the booze or sauce . Drink alcoholic beverages, especially a great deal, as in I don't know if it will be a problem, but he hits the bottle every weekend, or She hardly ever hits the booze, but when she does, watch out, or It doesn't show in her work, but she hits the sauce every night. These slangy expressions date from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
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hit the bottle

INFORMAL
If someone hits the bottle, they drink too much alcohol. One newspaper even said I'd started hitting the bottle. Complete rubbish. These teenagers hit the bottle to rebel.
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hit (or be on) the bottle

start to drink alcohol heavily, especially in an attempt to escape from one's problems. informal
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hit the ˈbottle

(informal) regularly drink too much: She managed to resist alcohol for a year, then hit the bottle again when her husband died.He’s really hitting the bottle at the moment.
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hit the bottle

and hit the booze
tv. to go on a drinking bout; to get drunk. She got caught hitting the bottle in the office. He’s been hitting the booze for a week now.
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Elsewhere, Nick persuades vulnerable Peter to hit the bottle in the hope Leanne will leave him.
Hit the bottle and hit the floor to pogo yourself silly .
Many hit the bottle, light up a cigarette or eat to excess in an attempt to stave off Yuletide exasperation.
It is the pressure of city life and it is forcing one in three young women in Birmingham to hit the bottle.
Elsewhere Zoe caught pneumonia, Phil hit the bottle (after hitting his very flimsy-looking fridge, and an even flimsier-looking Mark Fowler), Billy was lonely and Mel told Steve she wanted a divorce.
And it's driving women to hit the bottle and raid the fridge to try to de-stress, according to the poll of 2,000 women with the average age of 38, by health magazine Top Sante.
Perry, who plays Chandler in the TV series, hit the bottle when he shot to fame overnight in 1995.
KELLY Canter (Gwyneth Paltrow) is a faded star, a country singer who hit the bottle hard and fell into obscurity - and rehab.
Perhaps after several marriages that ended when her partner hit the bottle, cheated or humiliated her, it's not that this wealthy, successful woman can't keep a man, it's more that she doesn't want one in the first place.
A TALENTED footballer who hit the bottle when his soccer dream died has been jailed for battering his girlfriend in a drunken rage.
London, January 04 (ANI): Opera singer Katherine Jenkins out-did rugby star Tommy Bowe when they hit the bottle, while on a night-out in Swansea, south Wales.
Her smartly-dressed 27-year-old mother, who hit the bottle while trying to cope by herself with two children - one of them disabled - wiped away tears as she sat listening as her daughter's words were read out to Cardiff Crown Court.
You could hit the bottle (olive oil, that is) and go the high-fat Mediterranean route.
At the same time, Sunita is trapped in the cellar, having hit the bottle after being dumped by Dev and fighting with Stella.
FOOTBALL fans who have taken the Sky Blues relegation misery to heart are being urged not to hit the bottle in disgust.