a tall cold one

Discussion in 'English Only' started by dichelson, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. dichelson Senior Member

    Hello: In the following excerpt I'm not sure about the meaning of "a tall cold one":

    "He needed a tall cold one. He decided to kill some time down at Charlie's, the local watering hole"

    Does here "one" refer to a drink, specifically a beer? Thank you
  2. akybuyer New Member

    USA English
    Yes,I believe so. A tall cold one refers almost exclusively to a "long neck" beer
  3. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    While "a cold one" would likely describe any cold beer.
  4. Packard

    Packard Senior Member

    USA, English
    In the Irish pub (in the USA) that I used to frequent they sold "shorts" and "talls".

    The "shorts" were drafts of beer in a narrow glass that held about 10 ounces or so; the "talls" looked the same but were proportionately larger and held about 20 ounces.

    "Yo! Patrick, give me a tall one."

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