noun, Sometimes Offensive.
courage inspired by drunkenness or drinking liquor.
false courage gained from drinking alcohol
False or fleeting bravery resulting from liquor: A man in liquor is full of Dutch courage
[1820s+; like many other pejorative uses of Dutch, this comes from the 17th century, when the English and the Hollanders were chronically at war. In some uses, though, Dutch means ”German” rather than ”Netherlandish,” and the cases are not easily sorted]
False courage acquired by drinking liquor, as in He had a quick drink to give him Dutch courage. This idiom alludes to the reputed heavy drinking of the Dutch, and was first referred to in Edmund Waller’s Instructions to a Painter (1665): “The Dutch their wine, and all their brandy lose, Disarm’d of that from which their courage grows.”
noun 1. .
- Dutch disease
noun 1. the deindustrialization of an economy as a result of the discovery of a natural resource, as that which occurred in Holland with the exploitation of North Sea Oil, which raised the value of the Dutch currency, making its exports uncompetitive and causing its industry to decline
- Dutch doll
noun 1. a jointed wooden doll
noun 1. a door consisting of two units horizontally divided so that each half can be opened or closed separately. noun 1. (US & Canadian) a door with an upper and lower leaf that may be opened separately Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) stable door