Definition of binge in English:



  • A period of excessive indulgence in an activity, especially drinking alcohol or eating.

    ‘he went on a binge and was in no shape to drive’
    • ‘Drink and drug binges at a graveyard in the town and vandalism at a play park on the Forest estate have caused residents a lot of misery over the last few months.’
    • ‘For example, the capacity of the liver to metabolize alcohol is increased by a steady high level of drinking but markedly impaired by alcohol binges.’
    • ‘Rogue builders who conned pensioners out of £140,000 before blowing the cash on drinking binges have been ordered to reveal how much they each profited from the scam.’
    • ‘Aside from the problem of alcoholism, the violence and fighting associated with drinking binges is almost a normal state of affairs in many areas.’
    • ‘When I first became interested in Linux, I purchased Red Hat and went on a binge to explore everything.’
    • ‘Many young people who smoke tobacco or who often have drinking binges have not seriously considered changing.’
    • ‘The worst thing about not being a student anymore is no summer holiday, meaning no 5-day test binges (bingeing on cricket that is, no alcohol involved).’
    • ‘That way he got paid pretty quickly, went on a binge, sobered up, wrote another one, and so on.’
    • ‘Frey predicts that butterfly watchers in the rest of the country may be able to see more monarch drinking binges in hot spells and during mating periods.’
    • ‘Sue Robinson, defending, said her client had been an alcoholic for 25 years and would take herself off on three or four day drinking binges.’
    • ‘They can't do the student thing either - no all night drinking binges, no booze runs to France on the ferry, no freedom.’
    • ‘People with binge eating disorder are extremely distressed by their binge eating.’
    • ‘He eats too many late-night kebabs after drinking binges stemming from his innate self-hatred and inability to be at peace with the world.’
    • ‘Although he promised to stay off alcohol, Best went on a binge last month in his local pub.’
    • ‘Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said petty crime and teenage drink binges also plagued the estate.’
    • ‘We hypothesise that alcohol, particularly when drunk in binges, acts as a catalyst on acute ischaemic heart diseases, possibly by being synergetic to other triggering factors.’
    • ‘These reports of late night drinking binges are untrue.’
    • ‘Gallons of alcohol have also been seized from youngsters who use the streets for open air drink binges and 17 arrests have been made of those caught ignoring police orders.’
    • ‘She's been eating in binges as well, and called in sick today merely because she didn't want to face anyone.’
    • ‘As with many great artists, Pollock was an undiagnosed manic-depressive whose life was characterized by periods of self-destructive binges followed by giddy bouts of joy and creativity.’
    drinking bout, debauch
    spree, unrestrained bout, orgy
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[no object]informal
  • Indulge in an activity, especially eating, to excess.

    ‘she binged on ice cream’
    • ‘The eating disorder centre's statistics show that people who diet regularly are more likely to develop serious eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, and bingeing.’
    • ‘I had been binging on snacks all day as a way to get me through my work (and painting the second coat of paint in my bathroom - still looks awful).’
    • ‘A group of teachers, pupils and health experts have joined forces at King Edward VII Upper School to tackle issues around anorexia nervosa, bingeing and over-eating.’
    • ‘My weight tends to fluctuate up and down - I'm prone to binging on pints of Haagan Daaz when I'm stressed.’
    • ‘Could those rumors of late-night binging at the Lincoln Memorial be more than mere speculation?’
    • ‘The 5ft 6in caretaker ballooned to 25 st 5lb by bingeing on pies, crisps and chocolates as he struggled to come to terms with the tragedy.’
    • ‘Clooney's character first talks to Barris when Barris is thrown out of a bar for fighting - after binging on booze for a week when the pilot wasn't picked up.’
    • ‘Last night, just before I left work, I started thinking about bingeing on a big pile of Mexican food from my favorite takeout place, and that's just what I did.’
    • ‘Yet I still found myself trapped in that horrible cycle of starving yourself, binging, vomiting, weighing…’
    • ‘She always reverted back to binging in secret, because it was the only way she knew to cope.’
    • ‘By the end of January, most of us are back on the fags, binging on biscuits, loafing on the sofa and still clocking on at the same coal face.’
    • ‘Early on, bingeing, vomiting and restricting food are usually driven by concerns about weight and body image.’
    • ‘Along with an intense fear of becoming overweight and preoccupation with body image, both anorexia and bulimia can include binging and purging.’
    • ‘There were pictures of Pongal, flooded with cheerfully bubbling mud pots, and Christmas, represented by a range of Santa Clauses, all of whom looked like they'd been binging on ghee sweets through the year.’
    • ‘I'll eat a lot and not care what happens because it all tastes good, but during the summer time I realise just how much weight I gained in the hibernation months and start binging.’
    • ‘Trust me, I am not binging on carrots and broccoli either.’
    • ‘This year, the commercial networks are binging on reality programming.’
    • ‘Spending these fun-filled eight weeks away from home and usually outside the city was like no other: from mango and plum bingeing to cray-fishing.’
    • ‘Boys who binged on booze and smoked marijuana daily were three to four times more likely to be found suffering from depression a year later.’
    • ‘The source said a phone call from the his children's nanny to his brother raised concerns the musician is bingeing on drugs.’
    drink and make merry, go on a drinking bout, go on a binge, binge, binge-drink, overindulge, drink freely, drink heavily, go on a pub crawl, go on a spree
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Mid 19th century: from English dialect binge ‘to soak a wooden vessel’.