One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A drink consisting of whiskey and a mixer such as soda or ginger ale, served with ice in a tall glass.
- ‘Shake all ingredients for 15 seconds and strain into a highball glass filled with ice, garnish with apple slice.’
- ‘We found twelve boxes of glassware that my father had won - glasses for old fashioneds, manhattans, margaritas, highballs, beer, and wine.’
- ‘Some bars sell highballs for as little as 75 cents, allowing some people to knock them back like there's no tomorrow.’
- ‘However, there are times when I want to be able to enter a bar and have a highball and a ciggy, health concerns be damned.’
- ‘CEOs, like other executives, may see it as part of their job to have a few highballs at a business dinner or to let loose a bit at the company holiday party.’
2informal A railroad signal to proceed.
- ‘Shortly after settling into my seat, we got the highball and left the station right on the advertised at 10: 20 AM.’
- ‘When the conductor finally gave the engineer the highball, the engineer asked why they weren't going to make two stops.’
- ‘I could hear the tower give the highball to train #757, the Hempstead local that had been sitting at Bellrose station.’
- ‘At 8: 12 AM we got the highball, and proceeded west.’
- ‘The food arrived just as the conductor was about to give the highball out of Penn station.’
- ‘Then there was some difficulty with the brake test and we finally got the highball at 8: 49, So the train which had been running early was now nearly an hour late.’
no object, with adverbial of direction Travel fast.‘they highballed north’
- ‘We made an on-time stop at Gainesville, GA at 7: 43 AM, and then highballed towards Atlanta.’
- ‘We then highballed nonstop to Jamaica, following the same route through Queens as we had taken earlier.’
- ‘The level of the fighting was apparent as we highballed toward the base's gate.’
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