Dutch courage


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Dutch courage

1. false courage gained from drinking alcohol
2. alcoholic drink
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"I must admit I did have a couple of sherries before meeting him to give me a bit of Dutch courage."
Earlier in the day she had ridden a double for her trainerbrother Patrick, who also saddled Dutch Courage.
ROOTS Star says a goodbye to Scotland SIGNING ON Singer starts tour in Atlanta two weeks agot IN DEMAND Performing at Royal Albert Hall in London DUTCH COURAGE Singer went for some late night grub from vending machine after a night out in Amsterdam CHEERS Emeli enjoys a meal at Wagamama.
We were never averse to a shot of Dutch Courage before we went on but getting your hands on a stiff one backstage at Strictly is harder than you can imagine.
DUTCH COURAGE: Ellie Simmonds, below, hopes to repeat her world record breaking feats at Manchester Paralympic World Cup in Holland
IT took a bit of Dutch courage to join the sea of fans from the Netherlands when your only accomplice at the World Cup final is the referee, writes Stan Szecowka.
But he smoked a joint to get the Dutch courage to tell me.
Gin is responsible for countless references in the British language - most notably Dutch courage (British soldiers noting their Dutch comrades' lack of fear in battle after consuming the British forerunner of gin, Genevar ) and Mother's Ruin (a reference to 1700's binge drinking culture made famous by Hogarth's Gin Lane).
Not to seek Dutch courage you understand, but because the bar offers the best vantage point on the Queen Mary 2 to confront the North Atlantic at its fiercest.
DUTCH COURAGE Salsanadia, from Holland, as the Riddler
And just before the match the England World Cup WAGs, led again by striker Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah, enjoyed a bit of Dutch courage before the Belgium clash.