Definition of dry out in US English:

dry out

phrasal verb

informal
  • (of an alcoholic) abstain from alcoholic drink, especially as part of a detoxification program.

    ‘he intends to dry out and get his life back together again’
    • ‘Billy's lawyer alleges that Iris has a drink problem, while her lawyer claims that he had spent three weeks in a monastery drying out.’
    • ‘Apparently she's drying out in a hospital somewhere.’
    • ‘It's the additional bottle of schnapps for the alky who should be drying out.’
    • ‘He was a lost soul with illusions, endlessly drying out from drugs and then going back on them.’
    • ‘I have every intention of drying out enough to get back to work on the novel by Friday.’
    give up drinking, give up alcohol, become teetotal, overcome alcoholism, take the pledge
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