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    take back (v.)

    Dear all,

    A girl says "Lisa is just takin back the shots. This is not the girl I'm used to"

    What is the meaning of "take back the shots"

    They where in a night club drinking.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: take back (v.)

    Not a teacher.

    "Shots" are the American term for a small portion of liquor served in a small glass. 1.5 US Fl. Oz. (~45 ml) is the typical size.

    Shots are usually not sipped, but thrown into the mouth and swallowed quickly.

    In this excerpt, the author is saying he is surprised to see this woman drink like that. That it was out of character for her to drink so much so quickly. (Multiple shots)

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    Re: take back (v.)

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Not a teacher.

    "Shots" are the American term for a small portion of liquor served in a small glass. 1.5 US Fl. Oz. (~45 ml) is the typical size.

    Shots are usually not sipped, but thrown into the mouth and swallowed quickly.

    In this excerpt, the author is saying he is surprised to see this woman drink like that. That it was out of character for her to drink so much so quickly. (Multiple shots)

    So is "taking back" taken to mean "drinking" in AmE? In BrE, I think we would say she's "knocking back the shots".

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