free-liver

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n free-liver someone who gratifies physical appetites (especially for food and drink) with more than the usual freedom
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The flesh of the puffer fish (fugu) is considered a delicacy in Japan. It is prepared by chefs specially trained and certified by the government to prepare the flesh free of the toxic liver, gonads, and skin. Despite these precautions, many cases of tetrodotoxin poisoning are reported each year in patients ingesting fugu. Poisonings usually occur after eating fish caught and prepared by uncertified handlers. The end result, in most cases, is death.
    • n Free-liver One who gratifies his physical appetites without stint; one given to indulgence in eating and drinking.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n free-liver One who eats and drinks abundantly; one who gives free indulgence to his appetites.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Free-liver one who freely indulges his appetite for eating and drinking: a glutton
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. freo; Ger. frei, Ice. frí.

Usage

In literature:

Nye was a free liver, though not a dissipated man, and, as you know, a very excellent speaker.
"My Memories of Eighty Years" by Chauncey M. Depew
He, already a free-thinker, was now revealed as a free-liver.
"Saint's Progress" by John Galsworthy
By free-liver, I mean that he made free to live on other men's goods.
"The Deerslayer" by James Fenimore Cooper
He seems to have been a free thinker, a free liver, and a free lover!
"A Fascinating Traitor" by Richard Henry Savage
To a free-liver, as she believes me to be, who has her in his power!
"Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
My cousin Morden says, that free livers are remorseless.
"Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
I tried to comfort him as well as I could: but free-livers to free-livers are sorry death-bed comforters.
"Clarissa, Or The History Of A Young Lady, Volume 8" by Samuel Richardson
The firs is what all free-livers cannot say: the second what every one can.
"Clarissa Harlowe, Volume 9 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
The liver of the confirmed alcoholic is, probably, never free from the influence of the poison; it is too often saturated with it.
"Grappling with the Monster" by T. S. Arthur
For the liver dumplings, scrape a half pound of raw beef liver with a knife, until fine and free from all veins, etc.
"Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes Compiled during Her Visit among the "Pennsylvania Germans"" by Edith M. Thomas
The poor Major had been rather a free liver.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
A free-liver, he could not realize that hungry people should ever think of better food.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
He has been a good liver and a free giver.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1" by Various
His amusing fellows are free livers, and fond of wine like himself.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
My Dad was a young, happy-go-lucky Irish lad, a hard worker, a free liver, and surely improvident.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
There are numbered among them free livers and free lances innumerable.
"A Cursory History of Swearing" by Julian Sharman
We have had saints and sinners, free-livers and ascetics, martyrs and money-lenders.
"The Grandchildren of the Ghetto" by Israel Zangwill
What was Raphael, the free-liver, thinking of when he drew his Madonnas?
"The Hearts of Men" by H. Fielding
His rich voluptuous strain has more of the poet than the free-liver, and his general tone is curiously modern.
"Studies in Mediæval Life and Literature" by Edward Tompkins McLaughlin
He is said to have kept sixteen horses in his stable at Portsmouth, and to have been a free-liver.
"Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast" by Samuel Adams Drake
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In news:

Win a FREE liver detox kit from WholeLife Chiropractic.
Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplantation Unit, Royal Free Hospital, London NW3 2QG, UK.
Canter's new menu: Hello, gluten-free bagel -- bye , chopped liver.
CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinal Francis George says he appears to be cancer free after he started chemotherapy in September for cancer cells on his liver and kidney.
Protesters have gathered outside a Mountain View restaurant that's promising a free serving of the duck liver delicacy.
Canter's new menu: Hello, gluten- free bagel -- bye, chopped liver.
Canter's new menu: Hello, gluten -free bagel -- bye, chopped liver.
Canter's new menu: Hello , gluten-free bagel -- bye, chopped liver.
It's a hookah bar, which is a no-go for some smoke-free folks, but honestly, the fragrant hookahs are an upgrade from the cheap-cigarettes-and-liver-failure smell of Jack's.
Canter's new menu: Hello, gluten-free bagel -- bye, chopped liver .
Canter's new menu : Hello, gluten-free bagel -- bye, chopped liver.
Blueberries provide antioxidants to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals and contain quercetin, a pigment that may increase the number of enzymes in the liver.
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