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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Carter condemned the practice of the three-martini lunch during his 1976 presidential campaign.
Cocktails have been part of our social history from Prohibition to the three-martini lunch.
In a world where the three-piece suit has been replaced by khakis, and the three-martini lunch has been replaced by working through lunch, the traditional realms of business and pleasure, work and relaxation, have been forced to meld into one big happy "work/life."
Most dispiriting episode: The greatest tragedy in showbiz was the demise of the three-martini lunch and the popularity of iced tea.
Why has the three-martini lunch become as retrograde as the smoking jacket or the hoop skirt?
Although the beginning of the end for the cocktail culture was in sight, the post-war boom signaled corporate expansion and the three-martini lunch, and James Bond (aka Agent 007) insisted that his vodka martinis be "shaken, not stirred."