Dutch courage

Dutch courage
noun Date: 1807 courage artificially stimulated especially by drink; also drink taken for courage

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  • Dutch courage — or liquid courage refers to courage gained from intoxication by alcohol. Originally the phrase Dutch courage referred to the courage that results from indulgence in Dutch gin (jenever), but Dutch courage can also apply to the gin itself. In 1650… …   Wikipedia

  • Dutch courage — Dutch Dutch, a. [D. duitsch German; or G. deutsch, orig., popular, national, OD. dietsc, MHG. diutsch, tiutsch, OHG. diutisk, fr. diot, diota, a people, a nation; akin to AS. pe[ o]d, OS. thiod, thioda, Goth. piuda; cf. Lith. tauta land, OIr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dutch courage — is the reckless bravery caused by drinking too much …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Dutch courage — n [U] courage or confidence that you get when you drink alcohol …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Dutch courage — n. Slang 1. courage resulting from the drinking of an alcoholic beverage 2. an alcoholic beverage …   English World dictionary

  • Dutch courage — noun uncount INFORMAL a feeling of confidence that comes after drinking alcohol …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dutch courage —    Dutch courage is the reckless bravery caused by drinking too much.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Dutch courage —   Dutch courage is the reckless bravery caused by drinking too much …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • Dutch courage — ► NOUN ▪ confidence gained from drinking alcohol …   English terms dictionary

  • Dutch courage — 1. n. liquor; false courage from drinking liquor. □ A couple of shots of Dutch courage, and he was ready to face anything. □ How about a little Dutch courage to help you through the first act? 2. n. drugs. □ Max deals in Dutch ourage, as he cal …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • Dutch courage — noun courage resulting from intoxication • Hypernyms: ↑courage, ↑courageousness, ↑bravery, ↑braveness * * * noun [noncount] chiefly Brit informal : courage or confidence that a person gets from drinking alcohol * * * ˌDutch ˈcourage [Dutch… …   Useful english dictionary

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