One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A habitual drinker of cheap wine or other alcohol.‘there'd always be wine dots drinking themselves to death on the steps of the pub’
- ‘"Ah, I'm sick to bloody death of you old wine-dots," said Tarrant, and thought of how he had missed a party.’
- ‘The wine bar with its cheaper accoutrements is likely to flop just as badly as it did 20 years ago; and there we will be: back with the dirty dank interiors, the wine dots, the derelicts and the fourpenny darks.’
- ‘We was brought up by a wine dot and an ol' man who never noticed we was alive.’
- ‘He, who was his mother's darling, disintegrated into a wrinkled wild-eyed ruin — a wine-dot, a dirty alcoholic.’
- ‘"Yah, yer bloody winedot," a thin young villain cried. "You pong like a camel-driver's jockstrap."’
- ‘The older I have got, the more I have coveted red burgundies, particularly those that wed the romantic to the carnal, the floral to the animal. This is not uncommon among wine dots.’
- ‘The winedot glowered with rheumy eyes, dribbling spittle, and men moved away in disgust.’
- ‘I'm a bit of a wine dot, I love a good red.’
- ‘The wine dots are happy and I know they're sincere, when they say they don't care if the pubs got no beer.’
1930s: perhaps rhyming slang for sot.
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