To wet one's whistle
Wet Wet, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wet} (rarely {Wetted}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Wetting}.] [AS. w[=ae]tan.] To fill or moisten with water or other liquid; to sprinkle; to cause to have water or other fluid adherent to the surface; to dip or soak in a liquid; as, to wet a sponge; to wet the hands; to wet cloth. ``[The scene] did draw tears from me and wetted my paper.'' --Burke. [1913 Webster]

Ye mists and exhalations, that now rise . . . Whether to deck with clouds the uncolored sky, Or wet the thirsty earth with falling showers. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{To wet one's whistle}, to moisten one's throat; to drink a dram of liquor. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

Let us drink the other cup to wet our whistles. --Walton. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • wet one's whistle — {v. phr.}, {slang} To have a drink, especially of liquor. * /Uncle Willie told John to wait outside for a minute while he went in to the cafe to wet his whistle./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • wet one's whistle — {v. phr.}, {slang} To have a drink, especially of liquor. * /Uncle Willie told John to wait outside for a minute while he went in to the cafe to wet his whistle./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • wet one's whistle — phrasal : to take a drink tis a hot day and I think our friends will need to wet their whistles before long Boys Life * * * wet one s whistle (informal) see under ↑whistle • • • Main Entry: ↑wet wet one s whistle (informal) To take an alcoholic… …   Useful english dictionary

  • wet one's whistle — idi wet one s whistle, to take a drink …   From formal English to slang

  • wet\ one's\ whistle — v. phr. slang To have a drink, especially of liquor. Uncle Willie told John to wait outside for a minute while he went in to the cafe to wet his whistle …   Словарь американских идиом

  • wet one's whistle — verb To have a drink; to quench ones thirst. Ill take another glass of the sherry wine, just to wet my whistle, as the vulgar saying is, before I begin …   Wiktionary

  • wet one's whistle — have a drink, especially alcohol They decided to stop at a bar on the way home from work to wet their whistle …   Idioms and examples

  • wet one's whistle — phrasal to take a drink especially of liquor …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Wet — Wet, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wet} (rarely {Wetted}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Wetting}.] [AS. w[=ae]tan.] To fill or moisten with water or other liquid; to sprinkle; to cause to have water or other fluid adherent to the surface; to dip or soak in a liquid;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wet — Wet, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wet} (rarely {Wetted}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Wetting}.] [AS. w[=ae]tan.] To fill or moisten with water or other liquid; to sprinkle; to cause to have water or other fluid adherent to the surface; to dip or soak in a liquid;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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