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drunk-dial

verb; compounding
To make a pointless phone call to a friend or acquaintance as a result of being drunk. To make pointless phone calls to friends as a result of being drunk. This verb is similar to the verb ‘to dial’ meaning ‘to make a phone call.’ The word ‘drunk’ describes the state of the person doing the dialing. This compound exhibits alliteration, which helps to make it clear that the two elements comprise a single verb. The speaker did not want to use a normal word such as ‘called’ because she wanted to make it very clear that the person who called did so only because he was drunk.
 
He drunk-dialed me late last night.
Etymology : alliterative compound formed from ‘drunk’ + ‘dial’
Source : Overheard conversation
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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