One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Not fit to be drunk because of impurity or poor quality.
- ‘Australian wine under £5 is all but undrinkable.’
- ‘He inherited a vineyard east of Naples from a friend who was murdered in Paris, but the wine was undrinkable.’
- ‘Home winemaking still suffers something of an image problem, with those jokes about Aunt Enid's undrinkable nettle wine.’
- ‘In the most extreme cases it renders a wine undrinkable (though not physically dangerous); in others it just flattens its aromas and flavours.’
- ‘The odd pub sells mulled wine on tap, but generally it's expensive and of such poor quality that it's pretty well undrinkable.’
- ‘He did buy one small mug of tea for 98 pence which was undrinkable.’
- ‘However, the view from my desk is virtually non-existent, my email inbox didn't transfer properly, the tea in the drinks machine is completely undrinkable and the journey home was hellish.’
- ‘The wine list was extensive and not cheap, but if I have one whinge it is that the wine-by-the-glass was undrinkable.’
- ‘It just makes that particular beer I cherished seem tepid, stagnant and undrinkable.’
- ‘Until then, Australian wine will have a bitterness that makes it undrinkable.’
- ‘In the Eighties, when wine drinkers were young and innocent, Britain's wine retailers and brewers were able to palm off a high percentage of this undrinkable rubbish.’
- ‘There was not one undrinkable or corked bottle in the 60 I tasted.’
- ‘‘If water remains undrinkable, diseases will continue and mortality rates will rise,’ said the Iraqi trade minister.’
- ‘On a recent visit to a motorway service station, we paid 15 quid for three rotten sandwiches and undrinkable tea.’
- ‘European visitors to the site on the Wells Estate are often dismayed to find a landmark where undrinkable water leaks from crumbling walls.’
- ‘Wells went dry and the water that could be got at was undrinkable - scientifically proven by the district medical officer.’
- ‘Sadly, however, the table service is sloppy and the Guinness is undrinkable.’
- ‘The result won't be undrinkable, but it won't be very memorable.’
- ‘I remembered it wasn't that good but actually I was wrong - it's almost undrinkable.’
- ‘Apparently the whole city's water supply is currently undrinkable, and they are having to use bottled water for everything.’
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