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hold one's liquor

  1. (idiomatic) To be resistant to intoxication or to show few signs of intoxication, even after consuming a significant amount of alcohol.
    • 1927, "Alcoholic Rats and Heredity," Popular Science, vol. 110, no. 6, p. 39:
      Just because a person is descended from hard-drinking ancestors is no sign that he can "hold his liquor" better than others.
    • 1987, Patricia Morrisroe, "The Life and Death of Sandy Marsh," New York Magazine‎, vol. 20, no. 36 (14 Sep.), p. 49:
      Sandy Marsh didn't hold her liquor particularly well; she could get tipsy on two glasses of red wine.
    • 2002, Emma Holly, Beyond Seduction‎[1], →ISBN, page 87:
      When I first came to London and fell in with Sebastian and Evangeline, neither could hold their liquor, nor judge which glass should be their last.


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