one for the road

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - one for the road

"one for the road"

one last drink, usually alcoholic, before leaving a pub, house or other place


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - one for the road

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  We've been revising these modules all day and it is just past eight o'clock. I would like to go home.

Colleague 2:  Let's just do one for the road before we leave and then we will only have twenty left to do tomorrow.

Colleague 1:  OK. Let's do a short one then.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - one for the road

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Well, this has been a lot of fun. It is a great bar.

Friend 2:  Come on, have one for the road.

Friend 1:  No thanks. I have had enough beer. Besides, I am driving.

Friend 2:  Have one more drink. I will take you home.

one for the road - Usage:


One for the road may also be used humorously to refer to other consumables or actions.

"One more cigarette for the road."

"One more cup of tea for the road."

"One more win in the series for the road."

Usage Frequency Index:   90   click for frequency by country

one for the road - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for one for the road.

one for the road - Examples:

1)  For those who like one for the road, the issue is the same no bottle for beer will be opened until you ...

2)  ... many who argue that it would put an end to the 'one for the road' mentality and disconnect the notion of drinking and driving.

3)  ... he "snorted a line of white powder, saying 'one for the road,' " the coroner told the hearing. Later his partner found his car ...

4)  Jarre assured us, before giving his appreciative audience "one for the road" - "Stardust," his melodic duet with ...

5)  ... send forth. "Welcome, you are welcome, how about one for the road?" For the couple, the party was over before it began. 

6)  ... the party firmly shut against them not wait for the proverbial "one for the road" should the door remain firmly shut.

7)  ... hotel and a final stop at the Franck saloon for a cool one for the road. I guarantee visitors to French Gulch will carry away memories of a world that ...

8)  Tony Parker plays last game for France on home soil. ONE FOR THE ROAD

9)  ... what we lack too -to finish a ghari. So we pack one for the road. Before we embarked on our food trail, our guide and rickshaw driver ...

10)  ... when you visit Thika next time you know where to take one for the road.

11)  We had one for the road, for the neighbour's new baby, for Auld Lang Syne.

12)  It's past 11 o'clock and they ask for one for the road. The chap behind the bar says 'No I'm not serving you'.

13)  Motorists who are prone to taking a chance with "one for the road" have reason to pray that special "holiday courts" are in place over

14)  ... of friends can keep chatting until 5 am over 'one more one for the road?'

15)  ... the party resumed with passed chocolate-chip cookies (yes, we took one for the road!) and smiles all around.

16)  ... admit he was unfit to drive, "Kelvey says. Having one for the road was the manly thing to do."

17)  For most people the idea of one for the road has become a social taboo.

18)  Fifty years ago, millions were still routinely downing "one for the road" before swerving home in the car.

19)  ... "go on, go on, go on", "one for the road" and "just leave the car" when they tried to decline a drink.

20)  ... retreated to the hostelry with the wish to detain themselves with merely one for the road.