from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cocktail served in a tall glass and consisting of liquor, such as whiskey, mixed with water or a carbonated beverage.
- n. A railroad signal indicating full speed ahead.
- n. A high-speed train.
- intransitive v. Slang To move ahead at full speed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A cocktail made from spirit plus soda water etc.
- n. An all clear or full speed ahead signal.
- v. To make an estimate which tends toward exaggeration.
- v. To move quickly; to hightail.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An alcoholic beverage having a liquor such as whiskey mixed with water or a carbonated beverage, and usually served with ice in a tall glass.
- n. A railroad track signal permitting the engineer to proceed at full speed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A method of settling who shall pay for something, in which the numbered balls that are used in the game of pin-pool are thrown out from a receptacle, the highest ball winning and the lowest paying.
- n. A ‘long drink,’ consisting of a modicum of whisky diluted with club soda or mineral water, and served with cracked ice in a tall glass.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a mixed drink made of alcoholic liquor mixed with water or a carbonated beverage and served in a tall glass
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Unless you're climbing so-called highball problems you'll climb unroped and close enought to the ground to be safe to jump off from.
Did Darwyn Cooke come up with the nickname "highball" for Hal Jordan, or was it someone else?
Similarly, in another study, Philadelphia bartenders were found to pour less liquor into "highball" glasses than they did into tumblers.
The telegraph operator at Half Way (merely a name for a station, for there was not a habitation in sight) thrust his long upper-length out of the telegraph office window one afternoon and waved a "highball" to the waiting electric locomotive on the sidetrack.
Once barely sipping at wines, cocktails, brandy-and-soda, she now took to the latter, or, rather, to a new whisky-and-soda combination known as "highball" with a kind of vehemence which had little to do with a taste for the thing itself.
A "highball" in each hand was frequently mentioned in the 1960s.
"highball" as he pondered over some means of circumventing the social treason of his dethroned "friend."
"highball" (only one, the ladies would say to my dad when he reached under the sink where he kept his one bottle of whisky).
Yes, sir, "and the conductor, giving the watching engineer of his train the" highball, "caught the hand-rail of the car and swung himself aboard as the train started.
It is served in a salt-rimmed highball glass with 3-5 ice cubes: 1.5 oz tequila, 1/2 ounce lime juice (or juice of 1/2 a small Mexican lime), 2 ounces sangrita and filled with grapefruit soda (Fresca or Squirt, sometimes omitted).