One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to express good wishes before drinking.‘‘Chin-chin,’ he said, and drank’
here's to you, good health, your health, here's health, skol, good luckView synonyms
- ‘Going out to eat together was also a great passion, and when there was an occasion for toasting, you would often hear us toast "Chin-chin!".’
- ‘I was told never to say ‘Chin Chin’ as a toast if there are any Japanese present.’
- ‘I stood up, and welcomed them all to the US (we were at Camelback Inn in Scottsdale) I finished my toast with "chin chin".’
Late 18th century: representing a pronunciation of Chinese qing qing.
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