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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
pint
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a pint of beer
▪ Two pints of beer, please.
a pint of milk
▪ I need to buy a pint of milk.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
glass
▪ Dempster banged on the bar with his pint glass, once.
▪ He studiously finished filling the pint glass, ignoring the raucous voices from the other end of the bar for the moment.
▪ Yet here he was, standing at the bar, each hand gripping a pint glass, with all eyes on him.
pot
▪ For example, how do I get a quart of soup into a pint pot?
▪ Yet, ironically, car production today is still being crammed into a pint pot.
▪ So you was always greeted with a drink out of this pint pot.
▪ For most gardeners, a garden is like a pint pot - you can not get a quart into it.
▪ Next to him, a hard-looking white youth stared gloomily into an almost-empty pint pot.
▪ His enormous arm went over Rory's head, the empty pint pot hanging in the smoke above the counter.
■ VERB
buy
▪ At the bar a leather-clad schoolboy was buying a pint of lager, served in a plastic beaker.
▪ He went right out and bought a pint of whisky to host me proper.
▪ We buy two pints of Taylor Walker and take them out on to the rear balcony.
▪ Lorton bought him a pint of Guinness and a whisky chaser.
▪ Lorton left the pub just as Viol bought himself a second pint.
drink
▪ Apparently, he drinks two pints of milk and, as soon as he feels drowsy, he drinks two pints of orange juice.
▪ Petersburg Times, drank a pint of gin a day.
▪ Apparently, he drinks two pints of milk and, as soon as he feels drowsy, he drinks two pints of orange juice.
▪ He said he had drunk eight to 10 pints of lager and some vodka and tonic, the court was told.
▪ On a Friday night he would drink a pint of lemonade at the bar.
▪ One member of the team must drink a pint of beer at the start and consume another four on the way.
▪ The court was told the airman had drunk seventeen pints of beer.
▪ Alcoholic Geoffrey Frederick Gregory was drinking up to 12 pints a day back in 1979.
order
▪ John ordered a pint of bitter and a sweet martini.
▪ As Harry squeezed through the ruck to order another pint, he could not suppress a private smile at Minter's expense.
▪ Crowds of people went out and a young clergyman came in and ordered a pint of bitter.
▪ So I ordered a pint of bitter, and then another.
▪ I knew he was perfect for me the first time I heard him order a pint of mild.
▪ I would order a pint of cold beer.
▪ I celebrated that night by ordering my first pint of beer and lighting up my first Woodbine.
pull
▪ He asked if he thought he could pull a pint, then hired him on the spot.
▪ Jack's pulling a pint and I nip into the loo.
▪ Jeane Russell brought his arm down as easily as a barmaid pulling a pint and dropped his hand into a burning ashtray.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a pint of milk
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And after some jokes, and a pint of beer, we stood up as we remembered.
▪ Born with a kidney defect, he needs up to 5 pints of liquid every day to stay fit and healthy.
▪ Cut the bottom off a four pint plastic milk container to make a free food scoop.
▪ He's more used to the communion wine than pulling pints.
▪ He said he had drunk eight to 10 pints of lager and some vodka and tonic, the court was told.
▪ He threw in a bucket of groundbait, a pint of maggots, and fished all night without a bite.
▪ It would appear that the rocker cover is becoming pressurised and oil consumption is approximately one pint per 150-200 miles.
▪ Tony, 47, who once admitted to drinking up to twelve pints a night, just can't resist a good time.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Pint

Pint \Pint\, n. [OE. pinte, F. pinte, fr. Sp. pinta spot, mark, pint, fr. pintar to paint; a mark for a pint prob. having been made on or in a larger measure. See Paint.] A measure of capacity, equal to half a quart, or four gills, -- used in liquid and dry measures. See Quart.

Pint

Pint \Pint\, n. (Zo["o]l.) The laughing gull. [Prov. Eng.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
pint

mid-14c., from Old French pinte "liquid measure, pint" (13c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *pincta (source of Old Provençal, Spanish, Italian pinta), altered from Latin picta "painted," fem. past participle of pingere "to paint" (see paint (v.)), on notion of a painted mark on a vessel indicating this measure. Used elliptically for "pint of ale" (or beer) from 1742. Pint-sized "small" (especially in reference to children) is recorded from 1938.

Wiktionary
pint

n. 1 A unit of volume, equivalent to ⅛ of a gallon or 2 # in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth of Nations approximately 568 millilitres (an '''imperial pint''') and 3 # in the United States approximately 4 ## 473 millilitres for liquids (a '''US liquid pint''') or 5 ## 551 millilitres for dry goods (a '''US dry pint'''). 6 # hungarian pint 1,696 liter 7 (context British English) A pint of milk. 8 (context euphemistic English) A glass of beer, served by the pint.

WordNet
pint
  1. n. a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 4 gills or 568.26 cubic centimeters

  2. a United States dry unit equal to 0.5 quart or 33.6 cubic inches [syn: dry pint]

  3. a United States liquid unit equal to 16 fluid ounces; two pints equal one quart

Wikipedia
Pint

The pint (abbreviated as "pt" or "p") is a unit of volume or capacity in both the United States customary and British imperial measurement systems. In both of those systems it is traditionally one-eighth of a gallon. The British pint is about 20% larger than the American pint since the two systems are not compatible. Almost all other countries have standardized on the metric system, so the size of what may be called a pint varies depending on local custom.

The imperial pint (≈ 568  ml) is used in the United Kingdom and Ireland and to a limited extent in Commonwealth nations. In the United States, two pints are used: a liquid pint (≈ 473 ml) and a less-common dry pint (≈ 551 ml). Each of these pints is one-eighth of its respective gallon but the gallons differ and the imperial pint is about 20% larger than the US liquid pint. This difference dates back to 1824, when the British Weights and Measures Act standardised various liquid measures throughout the British Empire, while the United States continued to use the earlier English measures. The imperial pint consists of 20 imperial fluid ounces and the US liquid pint is 16 US fluid ounces, making the imperial fluid ounce about 4% smaller than the US fluid ounce.

All of the other former British colonies such as Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand converted to the metric system in the 1960s and 1970s, so while the term "pint" may still be in common use in these countries, it may no longer refer to the British imperial pint once used throughout the British Empire. In the United Kingdom, the imperial pint is still the primary unit for draught beer and cider, as it is for milk sold in returnable bottles. In the UK, legislation mandates that draught beer and cider may be sold by the imperial pint in perpetuity, and in public houses can only be sold in a third of a pint, two-thirds of a pint or multiples of half a pint, which must be served in stamped measured glasses or from government-stamped meters. It must, of course, be the standard British imperial pint rather than the 17% smaller American pint. A pint of beer served in a tavern outside the United Kingdom and the United States may be measured by other standards, and may be a British imperial pint, an American pint, a half- litre beer stein, or some other measure reflecting national and local laws and customs .

Historically, units called a pint (or the equivalent in the local language) were used across much of Europe, with values varying between countries from less than half a litre to over one litre. Within continental Europe, the pint was replaced with the metric system during the 19th century, but the term is still in limited use in parts of France, Quebec ("une pinte"), and Central Europe, notably some areas of Germany and Switzerland, colloquially used for roughly half a litre.

Usage examples of "pint".

Coffyn relocked the door once they were out again, and sent his bottler for a pint of wine.

The Ambassador quoted Connolly as saying that in the aircraft were Willie Garvin, Modesty Blaise, a young child named Lucille Brouet under sedation, and two or three pints of loose blood.

He had eaten a pint of winkles and drunk several glasses of warm, malty beer, and he was pressed up against Nora Dempster, a pleasant person to be squashed by.

Prepare a pint of Drawn-Butter Sauce according to directions previously given, season with salt, pepper, grated nutmeg, and lemon-juice, and add half a cupful of melted butter.

After a hard day of toiling in the wheat fields of some equally brain-damaged noble, there was nothing the average serf would rather do than down a couple pints of ale and go have some cross-eyed microcephalic with a wooden leg give him a blow job.

There at the table, a cup of tea before the one and a pint of stout with a small whiskey before the other, sat Missus Shaughnessy and Rawney, talking with hushed gravity.

Vultures had eaten out an eye when he drank a pint of paregoric and passed out in a Panama City park.

In the cities, the guilds used a hodgepodge of gills and pennyweights and yards, mostly unrelated except that a pint of milk was supposed to weigh a pound.

A large glass pot of coffee was stewing away on a hob, alongside a whole range of polystyrene cups, from two pints down to half a pint, depending on how awake you wanted to be.

A decoction made by boiling two or three ounces of freshly powdered pomegranate bark in a pint of water was used by the ancients, and is now highly recommended as a remedy.

Have ready three pints of boiling milk, into this put the salsify, liquor and pulp, thicken with a tablespoonful of flour, and season with butter, pepper and salt.

The highlight of a working week was to go over the road to a local boozer where they sold scrumpy at one shilling and threepence a pint and get paralytic.

Kellog was sitting straddle of a seet with big wooden nippers on it and he was sowing on a harness and he said cross like what do you want and i said i want a pint of strap oil and he said o yes i have got some good strap oil and he got down and grabed me by the coller and took down a strap and licked me till i hollered.

He picked it up and shook it, there was the sloshy sound of a pint or so of liquid in it.

Kenyon said firmly, thumping down his pint of stingo to ex- change it for the glass of brandy.