Definition of binge in US English:



  • A short period devoted to indulging in an activity to excess, especially drinking alcohol or eating.

    ‘he went on a binge and was in no shape to drive’
    ‘a spending binge’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When I first became interested in Linux, I purchased Red Hat and went on a binge to explore everything.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘She's been eating in binges as well, and called in sick today merely because she didn't want to face anyone.’
    • ‘Although he promised to stay off alcohol, Best went on a binge last month in his local pub.’
    • ‘People with binge eating disorder are extremely distressed by their binge eating.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said petty crime and teenage drink binges also plagued the estate.’
    • ‘Aside from the problem of alcoholism, the violence and fighting associated with drinking binges is almost a normal state of affairs in many areas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These reports of late night drinking binges are untrue.’
    • ‘They can't do the student thing either - no all night drinking binges, no booze runs to France on the ferry, no freedom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That way he got paid pretty quickly, went on a binge, sobered up, wrote another one, and so on.’
    • ‘Many young people who smoke tobacco or who often have drinking binges have not seriously considered changing.’
    • ‘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.’
    drinking bout, debauch
    spree, unrestrained bout, orgy
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[no object]informal
  • Indulge in an activity, especially eating, to excess.

    ‘some dieters say they cannot help binging on chocolate’
    ‘her secret binging and vomiting’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Could those rumors of late-night binging at the Lincoln Memorial be more than mere speculation?’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘This year, the commercial networks are binging on reality programming.’
    • ‘Early on, bingeing, vomiting and restricting food are usually driven by concerns about weight and body image.’
    • ‘She always reverted back to binging in secret, because it was the only way she knew to cope.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My weight tends to fluctuate up and down - I'm prone to binging on pints of Haagan Daaz when I'm stressed.’
    • ‘Trust me, I am not binging on carrots and broccoli either.’
    • ‘The source said a phone call from the his children's nanny to his brother raised concerns the musician is bingeing on drugs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Along with an intense fear of becoming overweight and preoccupation with body image, both anorexia and bulimia can include binging and purging.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.