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wet (one's) whistle

To have something to drink. I'm parched. I'm going to need to wet my whistle before we go on. If you're looking for Barney, he's down at the pub wetting his whistle.
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wet one's whistle

Rur. to take a drink. He stopped at the bar to wet his whistle. I don't need a big glass of water. Just enough to wet my whistle.
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wet one's whistle

Have a drink, as in I'm just going to wet my whistle before I go out on the tennis court. This expression uses whistle in the sense of "mouth" and may allude to the fact that it is very hard to whistle with dry lips. [Late 1300s]
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wet your whistle

OLD-FASHIONED, INFORMAL
If you wet your whistle, you have a drink, especially an alcoholic drink. There's a mouth-watering menu and an excellent selection of beers to wet your whistle. Note: `Whistle' is an old slang word for mouth or throat.
See also: wet, whistle

wet your whistle

have a drink. informal
See also: wet, whistle

wet your ˈwhistle

(old-fashioned, informal) have an alcoholic drink
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wet (one's) whistle

Informal
To take a drink.
See also: wet, whistle
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THE SEAT Leon Cupra is a car with a cult following and now its army of fans have something even more special to wet their whistle.
Those in search of refreshment can sup on a pint of local Murphy's stout or head to Midleton to wet their whistle at the Jameson Experience, formerly a fully functioning whiskey distillery.
Those in search of some refreshment can sup on a pint of local Murphy's stout or head to Midleton to wet their whistle at the Jameson Experience, formerly a fully functioning whiskey distillery.
But his disappointing Wembley preview last night will have done little to wet their whistle.
"There is also an opportunity for people to wet their whistle with six pubs among the 116 lots."
This referred to the custom of giving customers a pull of beer for a penny to "wet their whistle".
Visitors to south Australia can wet their whistle on the Flying Outback Pub Crawl.
In Newcastle, people can wet their whistle on an ale trail - a historic pubs walk from the Monument to High Bridge and from the Bigg Market to the Quayside - and they can visit the Byker redevelopment or learn about The Great Fire of Gateshead and Newcastle of 1854.
Those wanting to wet their whistle to some indie, rock or soul can head to the Cooperage, on Newcastle's Quayside, where doubles will be only pounds 2.80 and shots are pounds 1.
It meant that anyone who wanted to wet their whistle had to travel five miles to either Ballyhalbert or Kirkistown.
Thirsty villagers lured by the pull of a pint have had to travel five miles to wet their whistle. And they might have been left dry, if not high, for the next 200 years but for Francis.
Online fans can wet their whistles too by following the brewery's Mississippi Facebook page for details on how to enter SweetWater's "Catch a Trout Tap" contest rewarding the first locals to spot their tap handles with free SweetWater Schwag.
Your guests will hardly notice after they've already begun to wet their whistles.
The pub dates back to 1748 when the Williams Wynn estate built it so their workers could wet their whistles after a hard day, and supplementing its income by welcoming travellers off the stage coaches travelling between Chester and Shrewsbury.
"We go there because it's got a bar and a bunch of tables, and it's always empty," he says, noting "it's always proximity" that ultimately determines where scribes wet their whistles.