Definition of Dutch courage in English:

Dutch courage


  • [mass noun] Strength or confidence gained from drinking alcohol.

    ‘I'll have a couple of drinks to give me Dutch courage’
    • ‘So for a while I was too scared to write; then, having summoned Dutch courage I thought I would venture one last letter as your Mailbag seems to have been getting pretty thin on the ground of late.’
    • ‘And he knows that if he can now survive a players' Christmas night out without Dutch courage, he can conquer relegation demons without it as well.’
    • ‘City pubs are often now full of roaring fools, building up enough Dutch courage to stagger into the nearest fleshpot.’
    • ‘I have no excuse but a lusty eye and a belly full of Dutch courage.’
    • ‘The seats had stayed empty until the very last minute because Scotland fans have come to realise that Dutch courage is needed.’
    • ‘Those who were a bit apprehensive of venturing out had plenty of Dutch courage at their disposal at the nearby Anglers Rest bar, which was the headquarters for the day.’
    • ‘For those of you who have yet to give the concept a go, the idea is simple and not in the slightest bit scary, especially after a drink or two for Dutch courage.’
    • ‘Fuelled with Dutch courage, and annoyed by the police dismissing their story, the girls dare each other to blackmail the gang, at first for nothing more than new clothes and equipment for Shannon's hospital.’
    • ‘There was also an opportunity of availing of a bit of Dutch courage for the rest of the journey but very few chose this option.’
    • ‘Their nerves at revealing almost all were calmed by more than the odd dash of Dutch courage.’
    • ‘It is marred only by the occasional hot-head, fuelled with Dutch courage, who runs the gauntlet to torment the custodian.’
    • ‘Call it Dutch courage if you like, but we could do with a bit of it here.’
    • ‘They must need a lot of Dutch courage to fight an eight-foot Santa Claus because it must be a scary battle.’
    • ‘Joe made a hasty retreat to the local alehouse in an attempt to gain Dutch courage prior to breaking the news to Linda.’
    • ‘The stage was erected at the courthouse where on Sunday evening, enhanced by Dutch courage, one daring fan scaled the 40 ft building to put up a Tyrone flag.’
    • ‘He never needed Dutch courage to perform, never needed a crutch.’
    • ‘Next step is to ply yourself with copious amounts of Dutch courage.’
    • ‘We all know drink gives us all Dutch courage and if ever bravery medals should be awarded then give it to a drunk.’
    • ‘I watched someone drink their way through an evening, up to the stage when he was doing well with a wonderful girl, and then accidentally drink himself past it in the search for Dutch courage he really didn't need.’
    • ‘They are also non-refundable, so don't be tempted to have a quick one for Dutch courage before you set off; all climbers are stringently breathalysed!’
    alcohol, alcoholic drink, liquor, intoxicating liquor, drink, strong drink, spirits, intoxicants
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