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On the Cover of the Sunday Book Review
By ELIZABETH ROYTE
Reviewed by LISA MARGONELLI
Reviewed by LISA MARGONELLI
Elizabeth Royte asks why Americans spend billions on bottled water when they can guzzle tap water for next to nothing.
Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler
verb [I or T] INFORMAL ━━ v. がぶがぶ飲む, がつがつ食べる ((away, down, up)).
to eat or drink quickly, eagerly and usually in large amounts:
I'm not surprised you feel sick after guzzling three ice-creams!
You're bound to get indigestion if you guzzle like that!
noun [C] INFORMAL
She's a real guzzler!gas guzzler noun [C] MAINLY US INFORMAL
a car that uses a lot of fuel
adjective [before noun]
1 used when describing two people or things that are very close to each other with nothing between them:
Can I sit next to the window?
There was a really strange man standing next to me at the station.
2 used to mean `after' when making a choice or a comparison:
I'd say cheese is my favourite food and, next to that, chocolate (= Cheese is the only food that I like more than chocolate).
They pay me next to nothing (= very little) but I really enjoy the work.
It's next to impossible (= extremely difficult) to find somewhere cheap to live in the city centre.
We got home in next to no time (= very little time).
A thick greasy substance.
[After Gunk, a trademark for a degreasing solvent.](gungk)
Any sticky or greasy residue or accumulation.
Originally a trademark name for a degreasing solvent.
"`I carry a bottle wherever I go,' the 25-year-old said Tuesday while on the job at Gold's Gym in Westport. `It's so portable, and you never know what gunk is in those water pipes.'" — David Klepper, Dental group says bottled water can lack fluoride, Kansas City Star, Jun 21, 2000.
You can't put new wine into old bottle.
With allusion to matthew ix. 17 (AV) Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish. The idea is also expressed allusively as a metaphorical phrase.
The new spirits had animated the prose of Chateaubriand and the poetry of Lamartine; but‥the form of both these writers retained most of the important characteristics of the old tradition. It was new wine in old bottles.
[1912 L. Strachey Landmarks in French Literature vi.]
The new wines of industrialism and democracy have been poured into old bottles and they have burst the old bottles beyond repair.
[1948 A. J. Toynbee Civilization on Trial vi.]
‘I don't think you can put new wine in old bottles.’ I looked doubtful. ‥‘A lot of this could be rationalized.’
[1960 I. Jefferies Dignity & Purity viii.]
‘Motives?‥Good old-fashioned lust.’ ‘That hardly explains the explosive nature of his end.’‥‘You can't put new wine in old bottles.’Related to: innovation
[1974 T. Sharpe Porterhouse Blue x.]
- A receptacle having a narrow neck, usually no handles, and a mouth that can be plugged, corked, or capped.
- The quantity that a bottle holds.
- A receptacle filled with milk or formula that is fed, as to babies, in place of breast milk.
- Intoxicating liquor: Don't take to the bottle.
- The practice of drinking large quantities of intoxicating liquor: Her problem is the bottle.
- To place in a bottle.
- To hold in; restrain: bottled up my emotions.
[Middle English botel, from Old French botele, from Medieval Latin butticula, diminutive of Late Latin buttis, cask.]bottler bot'tler n.