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Used to express friendly feelings toward one's companions before drinking.
here's to you, good health, your health, here's health, skol, good luckView synonyms
- ‘The custom of clinking glasses and meeting a drinking partner's gaze when you ‘skol’ them, is rooted in the Viking warrior tradition of ensuring that no one had poisoned their drink.’
- ‘In order to avoid cliche (a novel concept in football), anyone who described the premiership feeling as ‘fantastic’ had to skol a beer.’
- ‘But to the bringing of so much raw power and some added dimensions to the work, all I can say is skoal!’
Early 17th century (a Scots use): from Danish and Norwegian skaal, Swedish skål, from Old Norse skál bowl; perhaps introduced through the visit of James VI to Denmark in 1589. Compare with scale.
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