Elbow-crooking

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Elbow-crooking. A slang expression for the act of drinking alchol. Soldiers might say they were going into town for some "cooking and elbow-crooking". By the twentieth century, the term had become "elbow-bending".

From "The Language of the Civil War", John D. Wright page 101.
 
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