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Liquor that is particularly unpleasant or low quality. I'll never understand how you can drink that monkey swill—it's going to rot your gut! I quite like good whiskey, but not monkey swill like that.
An alcoholic beverage, especially beer, and typically one that is particularly unpleasant or low quality. I'll never understand how you can drink that swill! There's only one pub in this town, and all it serves is swill.
To drink something in fast, large gulps. Said especially of alcoholic beverages. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swill" and "down." He was swilling down wine throughout dinner, and he was nearly incoherent by the time we got to dessert. Let me just swill this down and I'll be ready to go.
swill down with (something)
To aid, follow, or accompany the ingestion of something with large gulps of a particular beverage. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swill" and "down." He swilled down the large, unpleasant pills with a large glass of water. We kept swilling down the hot wings with beer, so we were quite drunk by the end of dinner.
To rinse something out in order to clean or empty it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swill" and "out." Be sure to swill out your cups with water and sterilizing solution after every meal while you're out here. Just swill the glasses from last night out and pour the wine into them.
obsolete A person who drinks alcohol habitually or excessively; a drunkard. Only a swill-belly would drink as much Edgar does. I've told the servants not to bring him any more wine.
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swill something down
to drink something, especially an alcoholic drink, in great gulps. The guy took a quart of beer and swilled it down in a few seconds. He swilled down a quart of beer.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To drink something quickly: After the toast, we swilled down our beers. I poured a tall glass of orange juice and swilled it down.
2. swill down with To follow the ingestion of something, such as food, with the ingestion of some liquid: We swilled down the hot dogs with beer. I swilled the bitter medicine down with a glass of water.
To empty or clean something by a flow of water or liquid: After you finish washing the dishes, swill out the sink with water. I swilled the cup out and poured myself a glass of milk.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
n. inferior liquor; strong liquor. Where did you get this monkey swill? This would kill a monkey anyway.
1. n. liquor. The swill they serve here is better than you can get elsewhere.
2. n. a drink of liquor. Here, you can have a little swill of mine.
3. tv. & in. to drink liquor. He swilled a whole case of beer yesterday. Isn’t he joyful yet?
4. n. any nasty food or drink. Let’s go over to the ptomaine-domain and get our evening swill.
n. a drinking bout. There was a swill-up at the frat house last week.
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