Empty the bottle. A corruption of bouse (to drink).
In bousing a bout `twas his gift to excel
And of all jolly topers he bore off the bell.
(A). A rumour, a whispered report.
Yes, that, on every dream,
Each buzz, each fancy ...
He may enguard his dotage.
Shakespeare: King Lear, i. 4.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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