Bottle up

What does "Bottle up" mean?

Today it means: Let things build up, keeping things to yourself.

Before 1970 sailors in the Royal Navy were issued a daily tot of rum which they had to drink straight away. However, some would spit their ration into a bottle and save several days worth to be consumed later. Bottle up or bottled up comes from a sailors hoard of booze which dovetails nicely with pubs re-stocking shelves but on a personal level more reflects a state of mind.

See also: Tot  and: The real McCoy  and: The sun is over the yardarm

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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