over a glass of wine


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And what does the "over" mean in the sentence: What he likes to do after a day in the office is to chat with a friend or two over a glass of wine.

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  • The image is of friends sitting around a table, chatting. Below their lines of sight are their wine glasses, so they are, each of them, chatting over a glass of wine.

    Over a [beverage] is a set phrase (you should not try to rephrase it) in English that means while drinking a [beverage]. Having the [beverage] in the singular, even though more than one person may be involved is usually how the phrase is used. "I like to read my morning paper over a cup of coffee," is the same set phrase used about a single person.