one for the road


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one for the road

One more drink, especially of alcohol, before leaving a particular place (often a bar). I need to be heading home soon, but let's have one for the road.
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*one for the road

a drink; a drink before a journey or before leaving a bar. (*Typically: down ~; drink ~; have ~; take ~.) Let's have one for the road. Don't down one for the road if you are going to be the driver.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

one for the road

A final drink before leaving, as in Won't you have just one for the road? This term always alludes to an alcoholic drink and a practice that, if the person is going to drive away, is not only frowned on but in many places illegal. [First half of 1900s]
See also: one, road
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.

one for the road

a final drink, especially an alcoholic one, before leaving for home. informal
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one for the ˈroad

(spoken) a last alcoholic drink before you leave a party, etc: How about one for the road, Jim?
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one for the road

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n. a drink; a drink before a journey. Let’s have one for the road.
See also: one, road
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

one for the road

One last drink (alcoholic). Eric Partridge believed the term originated with traveling salesmen who applied it either to one last drink after a night’s carousing or to one more drink before one literally set out “on the road” to see more customers. Originating early in the twentieth century, it is heard less often today, at least in America, where heavy drinking is increasingly frowned upon, especially for drivers.
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