Definition of juice in US English:



  • 1The liquid obtained from or present in fruit or vegetables.

    ‘add the juice of a lemon’
    • ‘Add lemon juice, pepper, and reserved meatballs and mushrooms.’
    • ‘Beat the eggs with the sugar add the lemon juice and stir.’
    • ‘We drink tall mojitos, juleps made with lime juice, rum, and crushed mint.’
    • ‘Add mustard and all of the herbs and spices to the white sauce then add lemon juice.’
    • ‘To the cold syrup add the extracted juice and mix by stirring.’
    • ‘Place the lemon juice, mustard, salt, pepper and oil in a screw-top jar and shake well.’
    • ‘The fact that you don't need an electrical appliance to extract juice from a watermelon also comes as a blessing for these vendors.’
    • ‘For each mojito we use the juice from one whole lime - and a little of that green skin.’
    • ‘Since I like doing things by hand I have always extracted juices the old fashioned way.’
    • ‘Serve with fresh fruit and maple syrup or lemon juice and sugar.’
    • ‘Pour and add the lemon juice, salt, honey, pepper and olive oil in a vessel.’
    • ‘Drizzle olive oil over everything and add the juice of one lemon and one lime.’
    • ‘Combine oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, sugar, and herbs in a small saucepan.’
    • ‘For fruits low in acid, add lemon juice or other acid ingredients as directed.’
    • ‘Sprinkle with the lemon juice, pepper and add the remaining parsley.’
    • ‘Once the cheese has melted, add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.’
    • ‘Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the vinegar, lemon juice and mustard, then slowly add the olive oil.’
    • ‘Add the lemon juice and cider vinegar to the pulp.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the vinegar, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper.’
    • ‘Add the olive oil and lemon juice, salt and pepper and mulch in your hands.’
    liquid, fluid, sap
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    1. 1.1 A drink made from fruit or vegetable juice.
      ‘a carton of orange juice’
      • ‘Watch out for acidic drinks, such as fizzy drinks and fruit juices, as they can cause tooth erosion.’
      • ‘Last time James had stomach problems after drinking too much orange juice.’
      • ‘He griped because I had drunk all his orange juice.’
      • ‘First of all pub visits would mean drinking cola or orange juice.’
      • ‘For the thirsty, there are stalls specializing in freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, papaya milk shakes and cold teas.’
      • ‘Replace fruit juice and soft drinks with ice water.’
      • ‘Soft drinks, fruit juices, and mineral waters are widely available.’
      • ‘For palates that have grown up with an array of soft drinks and fruit juices, that flavor profile can be a little too intense.’
      • ‘Water is the most common beverage, but coconut water and fruit juices also are drunk.’
      • ‘Stick to bottled water and canned soft drinks, fruit juices, and alcoholic beverages.’
      • ‘Drink plenty of fruit juices, like orange juice and grape juice.’
      • ‘There is a selection of imported fruit juices and soft drinks.’
      • ‘A good way to break the habit of skipping breakfast is to make and drink fresh fruit or vegetable juices.’
      • ‘Choose water, club soda, diet soda, fruit juice, tea and coffee first.’
      • ‘I drink only orange juice, never tea or coffee, which would only increase my level of impatience.’
      • ‘Since the surgery, the woman has eaten strawberries and chocolate and drunk coffee and fruit juice, her doctors said.’
      • ‘She cursed to herself for drinking all that fruit juice.’
      • ‘Fruit and vegetable juices are loaded with vitamins and minerals.’
      • ‘So take your mother's advice and drink some orange juice!’
      • ‘It is also used for other natural products, including fruit juices, beer, wine and honey.’
    2. 1.2juices The liquid that comes from meat or other food when cooked.
      • ‘Brush each piece of lamb with Dijon mustard, then roll in the breadcrumbs (this will stop the puff pastry from absorbing the juices when it is cooking).’
      • ‘Cook all meats completely (the juices should be clear and there should be no pink areas).’
      • ‘Baste with cooking juices throughout for golden crispy skin.’
      • ‘Pour the fig dressing into the pan, stirring to combine with the meat juices, then drizzle around the liver and serve.’
      • ‘Add the garlic, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper and cook for 5 min or until the juices almost cook away.’
      • ‘Pass the cooking juices through a food mill into a saucepan and stir in the lemon juice.’
      • ‘Strain the cooking juices into a saucepan and boil to reduce by half.’
      • ‘Add the pickled sloes to the cooking juices and warm through.’
      • ‘Cook meat thoroughly; juices should be brown, not pink or red.’
      • ‘Strain in the juices and oil from cooking until you have a smooth paste.’
      • ‘The rotation slowly cooks the meat in its own juices and allows easy access for continuous basting.’
      • ‘Leave a thin layer of fat on steaks, chops, and roasts during cooking to seal in juices.’
      • ‘Pizzas are grilled, and kebabs threaded with bread between the chunks of meat, to soak up their juices as they cook.’
      • ‘Add four tbsp of the juices to the shredded meat, taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.’
      • ‘I just serve it with the cooking juices and lemon wedges to squeeze over it.’
      • ‘Piercing the meat with a fork can release juices and fat that can cause flame flare-ups.’
      • ‘At this point the vegetables should be cooked but not colored, and there should be cooking juices at the bottom of the pan.’
      • ‘Allowing a roast or a whole fish to rest after being cooked so the juices can work themselves through the meat is slow cooking, too.’
      • ‘Pour on the marinade juices and cook for one hour in a medium oven.’
      • ‘They ate food cooked in their juices over fires fuelled from their husks, and used antiseptic squeezed from them on cuts.’
      liquid, liquor
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    3. 1.3juices Fluid secreted by the body, especially in the stomach to help digest food.
      • ‘Does it need stomach juices to disintegrate or is my aspirin no good?’
      • ‘Stomach juices must break them into small pieces before they can be absorbed through the stomach wall and enter the bloodstream, Phillips says.’
      • ‘This gland secretes digestive juices that help in breaking down foods.’
      • ‘It usually starts in the inner lining of the tube that the digestive juices flow through.’
      • ‘Tastes abound, but smells, the scents that get the salivary juices running, are absent.’
      • ‘The essential oils found in the leaves even aid digestion by increasing the flow of digestive juices.’
      • ‘It stores digestive juices that are made by the liver.’
      • ‘Chewing food thoroughly makes smaller food particles that dissolve much more easily in the digestive juices in the gut.’
      • ‘Hydrolysis also goes on in the strongly acid digestive juices of the stomach.’
      • ‘The stomach releases digestive juices and absorbs the resulting soup.’
      • ‘Gall stones may lodge at the intersection, causing obstruction to the flow of pancreatic juices or bile.’
      • ‘Large meals put increased demands on digestion, since your body is only able to produce a certain volume of digestive juices.’
      • ‘Like peppermint, it helps your body expel gas, but it also stimulates your digestive juices.’
      • ‘Just a bite or two to get the stomach juices churning.’
      • ‘The acids and digestive juices in the stomach and intestines would break down and destroy insulin if it was swallowed, so it can't be taken in a pill.’
      • ‘Artichoke leaf extract stimulates digestive juices like saliva and bile to help you break down food.’
      • ‘Further, if the digestive juices are slowed in their transit, constipation occurs.’
      • ‘The pancreas makes and secretes digestive juices and enzymes, which help break down fats, carbohydrates and proteins.’
      • ‘People under stress may also bolt their food, creating extra work for their digestive juices.’
      • ‘Digestive problems may occur if the cancer blocks the release of pancreatic juices into the bowel.’
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    4. 1.4juices A person's vitality or creative faculties.
      ‘it saps the creative juices’
      • ‘That's what you need to stimulate the creative juices!’
      • ‘Stuck for ideas, they went to the pub to top up their creative juices.’
      • ‘The creative juices were flowing in Hacketstown recently as the town's young people looked to their own town for inspiration.’
      • ‘But the creative juices have somewhat dried up - for now - and I think it's time I took a break from writing.’
      • ‘When we're excited about a project, our creative juices and mental faculties are in full gear.’
      • ‘Eating outside usually got her creative juices flowing.’
      • ‘Budding film writers are to be offered help to set their creative juices free with a new course in Lancaster.’
      • ‘Parenthood, it seems, gets everyone's creative juices flowing.’
      • ‘An architect by profession, Noel let his creative juices loose on the project.’
      • ‘Fantasies start to flow, and so do Sarah's creative juices.’
      • ‘To help their creative juices flow, the students were divided into four groups of seven.’
      • ‘There is still time to get the creative juices running and this could be a profitable exercise as the prize money on offer in the competition has increased this year.’
      • ‘But think how it could loosen up your creative juices.’
      • ‘I'm frequently lacking any any creative juices, and feedback is good.’
      • ‘‘Too often, directors starve the creative juices of the actors,’ McDonald explains.’
      • ‘Flavors get lighter and fruitier in the spring and that sap-rising energy gets creative juices flowing, and pouring.’
      • ‘With party think tanks, big and small, uncorking their creative juices, seminal works take centre stage and artistic expressions reach for the stars.’
      • ‘Let your creative juices flow, draw inspiration and give words.’
      • ‘In fact, we'll be using the furniture, posts, doors and other fixtures in ways guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing.’
      • ‘My creative juices boil at the prospect of national stardom.’
    5. 1.5informal Electrical energy.
      ‘the batteries have run out of juice’
      • ‘Switches, outlets and fixtures are the gateways through which your electrical juice pours.’
      • ‘There is no need to wait on the engine as there is plenty of electric juice to launch the vehicle.’
      • ‘Such electronics suck a lot of juice - power that the beefy hydrogen cells ably supply.’
      • ‘Supplying the juice for all this electrical stuff is the next problem.’
      • ‘You need electric juice to mix up all those fruity summer drinks to be enjoyed poolside.’
      energy, electrical power, nuclear power, solar power, steam power, water power
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    6. 1.6 Gasoline.
      ‘he ran out of juice on the last lap’
      gasoline, gas
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    7. 1.7North American informal Influence or power, especially in a political or business context.
      ‘Lucchese was involved in the case and he had a certain amount of juice around the city’
      • ‘You should have enough juice to get the Agency to cooperate with you.’
      • ‘Large contractors have more financial juice to make a case go away—to hire pricey legal talent, create compliance programs, or pay settlements.’
      • ‘Being a congressman just gives him a little more juice with the ward-heelers, union guys and pinstripe guys back home.’
      • ‘If he has been less than popular on Capitol Hill, he has juice where it counts.’
      • ‘He was conspiratorial, possessing mysterious juice with the ownership, able to operate completely outside the normal chain of command.’
      • ‘The companies convinced us that they had some juice on Capitol Hill, that they could sell this settlement.’
      • ‘The sergeant's tone is meant to remind me that foreign journalists have no juice whatsoever in a place like this.’
      • ‘She is not yet ready to use her juice to alter Administration policy.’
      • ‘As the P.A.'s clerk, I was some sort of a big shot myself; in con jargon, I had a lot of ‘juice’.’
    8. 1.8North American informal Alcoholic drink.
      liquor, intoxicating liquor, alcoholic drink, strong drink, drink, spirits, intoxicants
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    9. 1.9North American informal Anabolic steroids.
      • ‘These guys are easy to spot when they are on the juice because if you get a good look at their eyes at the start line their pupils are as big as dinner plates!’
      • ‘Want evidence that the steroid crackdown is working and the players aren't using using juice as much?’
      • ‘I still don't believe the juice use is as widespread as he would like us to think.’
      • ‘The Cuban-born player then had the audacity to claim in a tell-all book that most professional baseballs players are on the juice.’
      • ‘So many guys who jump on the juice early end up looking like helium balloons before they deflate to normal size.’
      • ‘The third argument, of course, is that barring steroids is all about fairness; that it's iniquitous when some players are on the juice and others aren't.’
      • ‘He said that maybe half of all major league players were on the juice.’
      • ‘Experts say a mature athlete can add 30 pounds of lean muscle mass by getting on the juice.’
      • ‘Those wrestlers were either too fat or so pumped up on the juice they would blow up after 2 minutes.’
      • ‘Virtually everyone in the sport suspected that he was on the juice.’


[with object]
  • 1Extract the juice from (fruit or vegetables)

    ‘juice one orange at a time’
    • ‘When an orange is juiced, fibre and other health-giving elements are left behind.’
    • ‘Remember that the next time you let your toddler play in the garden, or the next time you juice a carrot without scrubbing it first.’
    • ‘My mother had often sprinkled the multifaceted, ruby-like pomegranate seeds on fruit salads at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I had never considered juicing the fruit.’
    • ‘It can juice fruit and vegetables as well as other leafy greens with the greatest of ease.’
    • ‘I've started eating mince pies, and can't seem to stop, but I'm still juicing the veggies, so hopefully it will balance itself out.’
    • ‘Eating the fruit or extracting the seeds and juicing them is time-consuming and messy (the juice stains).’
    • ‘I watched him this morning juicing a grapefruit, guava, blood orange, mango, plums, and grapes and pouring the elixir into a giant glass pitcher.’
    • ‘If people don't like eating vegetables, they suggest juicing them.’
    • ‘In another bowl, zest and juice the lemons and limes, then fold through the cream.’
    • ‘The industrial-strength stainless steel cutting blade is designed to juice fruits and vegetables.’
    • ‘If this sounds too boring you can spice it up by juicing, eating raw, poaching or baking the food.’
    • ‘Since fruits and vegetables are juiced raw, the enzymes are still viable when you drink the juice.’
  • 2juice something upNorth American informal Liven something up.

    ‘they juiced it up with some love interest’
    • ‘Although Liman tries to juice things up by using atypical camera angles, all this does is to lend an artistic flavor to a series of otherwise banal explosions, shoot-outs, and car chases.’
    • ‘So to juice it up, we made a short movie all about special effects.’
    • ‘But that would be silly, like tacking some ill-conceived speculation onto the end of a story about boring financial statements to juice it up a little.’
    • ‘He's got to juice it up now; it's all or nothing this game.’
    • ‘The pressure to produce sensationalist news at whatever price that characterizes much of the media creates an environment conducive to cutting corners or juicing up a story with fabricated details.’
    • ‘They have juiced things up by turning Hyde into a sex fiend whose animal lusts culminate when he tears a prominent socialite to pieces.’
    • ‘In fact, it's almost as if the situation of a love letter juices them up and gives them some of their best prose that they can then put into their fiction.’
    • ‘Anytime the pace seems to flag (it does so with clockwork precision) the music is juiced up and things explode and then our heroes are back where they started - negotiating even bigger plot-holes.’
    • ‘But we wanted to juice it up with color and modern appliances.’
    • ‘Portfolios have sunk along with the technology stocks that juiced them up.’
  • 3as adjective juicedNorth American informal Drunk.

    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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Middle English: via Old French from Latin jus ‘broth, vegetable juice’.