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Re: Bottoms up!!

Posted by ESC on August 18, 2004

In Reply to: Bottoms Up posted by Andy on August 18, 2004

: 'Bottoms Up' does anyone know the origin of this. Ducks feeding or upturning your beer glass when finished. Maybe something else altogether. I would love to know as I have £1 riding on the correct answer.

Here's what one reference says:

BOTTOMS UP! -- 20th century. A popular toast before drinking (the bottoms are those of the glasses as the drinks are emptied into the drinkers' mouths.) From "Cassell's Dictionary of Slang" by Jonathon Green (Wellington House, London, 1998).