a portable container for holding liquids, characteristically having a neck and mouth and made of glass or plastic.
the contents of such a container; as much as such a container contains:
a bottle of wine.
bottled cow’s milk, milk formulas, or substitute mixtures given to infants instead of mother’s milk:
raised on the bottle.
the bottle, intoxicating beverages; liquor:
He became addicted to the bottle.
to put into or seal in a bottle:
to bottle grape juice.
British. to preserve (fruit or vegetables) by heating to a sufficient temperature and then sealing in a jar.
to repress, control, or restrain:
He kept all of his anger bottled up inside him.
to enclose or entrap:
Traffic was bottled up in the tunnel.
hit the bottle, Slang. to drink alcohol to excess often or habitually.
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Deadly City Paul W. Fairman
Somehow Good William de Morgan
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verb (transitive, adverb)
to restrain (powerful emotion)
to keep (an army or other force) contained or trapped: the French fleet was bottled up in Le Havre
a vessel, often of glass and typically cylindrical with a narrow neck that can be closed with a cap or cork, for containing liquids
(as modifier): a bottle rack
Also called bottleful. the amount such a vessel will hold
a container equipped with a teat that holds a baby’s milk or other liquid; nursing bottle
the contents of such a container: the baby drank his bottle
short for magnetic bottle
(Brit, slang) nerve; courage (esp in the phrase lose one’s bottle)
(Brit, slang) money collected by street entertainers or buskers
(Austral, slang) full bottle, well-informed and enthusiastic about something
(informal) the bottle, drinking of alcohol, esp to excess
to put or place (wine, beer, jam, etc) in a bottle or bottles
to store (gas) in a portable container under pressure
(slang) to injure by thrusting a broken bottle into (a person)
(Brit, slang) (of a busker) to collect money from the bystanders
(dialect) a bundle, esp of hay
A bottle or bottle’s amount of liquor; jug: He had a bottle on him (late 1600s+)
A glass insulator for electric or communications lines (1900s+ Line repairers)
A vacuum tube (1920s+ Radio operators)
Repress, contain, hold back; also, confine or trap. For example, The psychiatrist said Eve had been bottling up her anger for years, or The accident bottled up traffic for miles. This idiom likens other kinds of restraint to liquid being contained in a bottle. [ Mid-1800s ]
In addition to the idiom beginning with
a person or machine that washes bottles. chief cook and bottlewasher, a person who does a wide variety of routine, sometimes menial, tasks: He’s not just sales manager, he’s the chief cook and bottlewasher in this firm.
bottle, the Liquor; booze: In life he battled wives, producers, bankruptcy, and the bottle (1600s+) Male prostitution (1960s+)
noun (NZ) a large jack used for heavy lifts Historical Examples Mother Carey’s Chicken George Manville Fenn
noun (Austral & NZ, history, informal) a dealer in empty bottles