Punish a Bottle

(To). To drink a bottle of wine or spirits. When the contents have been punished, the empty bottles are “dead men.”

“After we'd punished a couple of bottles of old Crow whisky ... he caved in all of a sudden [he got completely powerless].” —The Barton Experiment, chap. xiv.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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