three-martini lunch

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three-martini lunch

A long, relaxed lunch break at which cocktails are served. It is typically taken during the work day. Primarily heard in US. They're not getting anything done, they're just out on a three-martini lunch while the rest of us are stuck here in the office! Every time I travel to our corporate headquarters, the executives take me out for a three-martini lunch.
See also: lunch
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Cocktails have been pushed even further into the spotlight by the glam of Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack in the 195 Os, by the "shaken not stirred" appeal of the James Bond era in the 1970s and 80s, and by the three martini lunches and cigar bars of the 1990s.