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What does drink like a fish mean?


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drink like a fish

Definition

If you drink like a fish, you drink alcohol excessively.

Origin


Fish don’t breathe air. Instead, they get their oxygen from the large volume of water they pass through the absorption surfaces of gills. By analogy, a person who drinks alcohol excessively is said to drink like a fish.
One of the earliest uses of the phrase was in 1640, precisely in The Night-Walker, Or The Little Thief - a comedy play written by John Fletcher and later revised by his younger contemporary James Shirley:
“Give me the bottle, I can drink like a Fish now, like an Elephant.” blockquote>

Example(s)

1. Alan really drank like a fish yesterday.
2. She asked for a divorce because her husband drinks like a fish.

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