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A time of day, usually beginning around 5 PM, when many bars and restaurants offer food and drink specials to entice patrons. Come on, Martha, it's happy hour—you have to get a drink! I'm going to happy hour with some of my co-workers tonight.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
a time to drink a cocktail, starting at about 5:00 P.M. (Often bars have lower prices during "happy hour.") I think that Mary has been starting happy hour a little early. Before noon I think.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
A period in the late afternoon or early evening when a bar or lounge features drinks at reduced prices. For example, The hotel bar has a happy hour from five to seven every day. [1960s]
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.
A time, usually in the late afternoon, when a bar lowers the prices of drinks and/or offers free snacks. Dating from about 1950, the term is also used in a noncommercial sense, as in “I’ve invited our bowling team to come to the house for happy hour.” A cartoon in Wiley’s “Non Sequitur” shows a tavern with the placard “Nobody wants to hear what you think, 5–8 pm” and one man saying to the other, “It’s nice to see a place that really puts an effort into making happy hour happy” (Boston Globe, July 16, 2010).
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