drown (one's) sorrow(s)

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drown (one's) sorrow(s)

To attempt to forget one's troubles through the consumption of something, typically alcohol (to which the phrase originally referred). It's not healthy to just drown your sorrows every time a girl breaks up with you. Quit drinking and try to face reality. Whenever I have a hard week at work, I like to spend Friday night drowning my sorrow in pizza and ice cream.
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drown one's sorrows

Drink liquor to escape one's unhappiness. For example, After the divorce, she took to drowning her sorrows at the local bar. The notion of drowning in drink dates from the late 1300s.
See also: drown, sorrow
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

drown your sorrows

If someone drowns their sorrows, they drink a lot of alcohol in order to forget something sad that has happened to them. He was in the pub drowning his sorrows after the break-up of his relationship.
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drown your sorrows

forget your problems by getting drunk.
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drown your ˈsorrows

(informal, often humorous) try to forget your problems or a disappointment by drinking alcohol: Whenever his team lost a match he could be found in the pub afterwards drowning his sorrows.
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drown (one's) sorrow

To try to forget one's troubles by drinking alcohol.
See also: drown, sorrow
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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And then, in his sober moments, he so bothered his friends with his remorse, and his terrors and woes, that they were obliged, in self- defence, to get him to drown his sorrows in wine, or any more potent beverage that came to hand; and when his first scruples of conscience were overcome, he would need no more persuading, he would often grow desperate, and be as great a blackguard as any of them could desire - but only to lament his own unutterable wickedness and degradation the more when the fit was over.
He sought to drown his sorrow for the defeat in floods of beer.
By EMMA DAVISON emma.davison@reachplc.com @EmmaDavison10 A MAN stole spirits to drown his sorrows after his partner of 12 years left him.
If it's any comfort, this was probably the best night of the year to drown his sorrows ...
When Bryant, Emma's smarmy ex, turns up and bans him from the service, it looks as if the downcast auto trader will be staying at home to drown his sorrows. And drown them he does in quite spectacular style.
LEE Jezard, 22, missed his Ibizan flight from Birmingham International, re-booked for take-off early the following morning, then took himself off to an airport bar to drown his sorrows - as one does.
He tried to drown his sorrows at a charity karaoke bash at Ronnie Scott's Club in London.
YOUNG MUTTLEY will be given the chance to drown his sorrows in the company of the man who took his title, Kevin Anderson, at the St Andrews Sporting Club on Monday night.
Perhaps he wanted to drown his sorrows in style after losing his reported battle with the Prime Minister over the reinstatement to the Cabinet of his political rival Alan Milburn.
A MAN who went out to drown his sorrows ended up drinking a litre of spirits.
She said Turbut had "embarked on a lifetime of punishment" to drown his sorrows after the death of his sister in a road accident when he had been driving dangerously.
Had he penned something similar about the arrival of a leading Imam or Hindu preacher I suggest Mr Mulvain would be jobless with plenty of time to drown his sorrows. But as it was merely Pope Benedict XVI, the Christian head of the Catholic Church he insulted, the hapless official has been transferred to other duties.
'We need to get off to a good start and I'm sure I'll take Brown for a drink to drown his sorrows afterwards.
To make matters worse, the lanky actor has also committed to a series of projects with his band The Peth - meaning he won't even get much time to drown his sorrows.
(Quick nurse, my medication).Or there is a slight chance, of course, Walter may just want to drown his sorrows.