One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Celebrate or wish for the good fortune of someone or something by raising one's glass and drinking a small amount.
toast, propose a toast to, wish health to, wish luck to, wish success to, saluteView synonyms
- ‘As a finale, he tips the water bucket on himself and downs a glass of tap water - drinking to the health of the city, the world and car-free Kensington.’
- ‘The three sisters clinked glasses, laughed, and drank to their everlasting bond as the sun finally disappeared beneath the ocean line, giving way to the cool night stars.’
- ‘He is said to have dipped a glass into her bath water and drank to the lady's wondrous charms.’
- ‘Saunders ordered champagne from the waiter and they drank to the success of Operation Garden.’
- ‘Let's drink to that and celebrate our challenging lives!’
- ‘Illingworth lights a cigar, sighs and drinks to a good life.’
- ‘As he celebrates this week, I will be drinking to him.’
- ‘Tonight when your friends and I raise a toast at your celebration, you know what we'll be drinking to: your health, of course!’
- ‘I'm off to get a glass of red and drink a toast to all my visitors - whoever and wherever you are.’
- ‘Instead, Queen Gertrude seizes the chalice and drinks to her son's good fortune.’
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