Dutch courage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Dutch courage courage resulting from intoxication
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dutch courage the courage of partial intoxication.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dutch courage a fictitious courage induced by drinking
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Idioms

Dutch courage - Dutch courage is the reckless bravery caused by drinking too much.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. corage (Fr. courage), from L. cor, the heart.

Usage

In literature:

This assurance lent an added braggadocio to the Dutch courage of the lynchers.
"Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West" by William MacLeod Raine
Naturally, being filled with Dutch courage, he won.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
There'll be nothing doing until they get Dutch courage from the bottle.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
Let's drink a little Dutch courage first.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
He knew well the courage of the Dutch was never so high as when they were desperate.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
I'll save you your drugged Dutch courage for evidence.
"The Wreck of the Titan" by Morgan Robertson
However, the dogged persistency of the Dutch was met with persistent courage as steady as their own.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
I can't say why, but there it is; and there I suppose, it'll stay, unless Dutch courage come to the rescue.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
His hand was as steady as a rock, and he hadn't had a drop of rum or brandy to give him Dutch courage.
"Mud and Khaki" by Vernon Bartlett
It is called Dutch courage, I believe.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
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