Definition of bend one's elbow in English:

bend one's elbow

phrase

North American
  • Drink alcohol:

    ‘not many wives or girlfriends were too interested in watching us bend our elbows’
    • ‘Since Hemingway bent his elbow here, the bar has become de rigueur.’
    • ‘He sat at the bar bending his elbow until the place closed at one o'clock.’
    • ‘Sometimes he bent his elbow in the company of other convivial fellows, and drank toasts which he would not have liked his wife and daughters to hear.’
    • ‘He was jovial, and bent his elbow frequently.’
    • ‘For the next thirty minutes Darren bent his elbow with the fluency of a gypsy fiddler while the others admired his “strong” drinking.’