bottle


bottle
: the full bottle Knowledgeable, an expert-'Does Robbo know anything about paving? Yeah mate, he's the full bottle.' The probable source of the phrase is the nineteenth-century British term no bottle 'no good' (an abbreviation of rhyming slang no bottle and glass 'no class'). In Australia the full bottle came to mean 'very good', and then 'very good at, knowledgeable about (something)'. It is often used in the negative-not the full bottlemeans 'not good (at something)' or 'not fully informed'.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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  • Bottle — Bot tle, n. [OE. bote, botelle, OF. botel, bouteille, F. bouteille, fr. LL. buticula, dim. of butis, buttis, butta, flask. Cf. {Butt} a cask.] 1. A hollow vessel, usually of glass or earthenware (but formerly of leather), with a narrow neck or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bottle — ► NOUN 1) a container with a narrow neck, used for storing liquids. 2) Brit. informal one s courage or confidence. ► VERB 1) place in bottles for storage. 2) (bottle up) repress or conceal (one s feelings). 3) ( …   English terms dictionary

  • bottle — bottle1 [bät′ l] n. [ME botel < MFr botele < OFr < ML butticula, dim. of LL buttis, a cask] 1. a container, esp. for liquids, made of glass, plastic, etc. and having a relatively narrow neck 2. the amount that a bottle holds 3. milk from …   English World dictionary

  • Bottle — Bot tle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bottled}p. pr. & vb. n. {Bottling}.] To put into bottles; to inclose in, or as in, a bottle or bottles; to keep or restrain as in a bottle; as, to bottle wine or porter; to bottle up one s wrath. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bottle up — (something) 1. to not express something. She bottled up her emotions throughout the tournament. The more you bottle that anger up, the more likely it is that it will explode. 2. to keep something from making progress. The French navy had bottled… …   New idioms dictionary

  • bottle it — british informal phrase to not do something because you do not feel brave enough He tried to jump, but he bottled it. Thesaurus: to not act, or to not do somethingsynonym to be, or to become afraid or frightenedsynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • bottle — [n] container, usually for liquids canteen, carafe, cruet, dead soldier*, decanter, ewer, flagon, flask, glass, jar, jug, phial, soldier, urn, vacuum bottle, vial; concept 494 …   New thesaurus

  • Bottle — Bot tle, n. [OE. botel, OF. botel, dim. of F. botte; cf. OHG. bozo bunch. See {Boss} stud.] A bundle, esp. of hay. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Chaucer. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bottle up — index repress Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bottle up — [v] keep feeling inside oneself box up, check, collar, contain, coop up, corner, cramp, curb, keep back, restrain, restrict, shut in, suppress, trap; concept 35 Ant. confide, reveal, tell …   New thesaurus

  • Bottle — This article is about bottles in general. For baby bottles, see Baby bottle. Composite body, painted, and glazed bottle. Dated 16th century. From Iran. New York Metropolitan Museum of Art …   Wikipedia


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