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    Meaning of "to drain a bumper"

    Hello,

    What does "to drain a bumper" mean?

    The complete sentence is:
    The king drained a bumper to his "Cousin Rudolf", as he was gracious -or merry- enough to call me;


    From The Prisoner of Zenda - Anthony Hope (1894) - Oxford Classics paperback 2009 - chapter 3 - page 26 -
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 21-Jul-2015 at 22:58. Reason: See my post below.

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    Re: Meaning of "to drain a bumper"

    It means, that he drank a toast to his "Cousin Rudolf" from a very large drinking vessel filled to the brim.
    (Meaning 2: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dic...english/bumper )

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    Re: Meaning of "to drain a bumper"

    Guilherme, I have added the year when the novel was written to your otherwise excellent attribution.

    This is to indicate to other students that 'to drain a bumper' is not modern English.

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