dip the bill

  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    I have never heard or read this before, but a paper on slang terms related to drinking says that "dip the bill" means to have a drink (of alchohol).

    I think the "bill" is the beak of a bird, and they are thinking about how a bird dips its bill into the water when drinking. Possibly they are also thinking of the way the bird throws back its head to let the water go down its throat, just as people do when they "throw back" a drink, that is, drink quickly.
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