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bottle

noun uk   /ˈbɒt.l̩/ us    /ˈbɑː.t̬l̩/

bottle noun (CONTAINER)

A2 [C] a container for liquids, usually made of glass or plastic, with a narrow neck: a milk bottle a wine bottle a bottle of beer/whisky Plastic bottles are lighter than glass ones. [C] a special container with a rubber top for giving milk and other drinks to a baby: Give the baby her bottle when she wakes up. Most medical experts believe that breastfeeding is better than bottle-feeding.

bottle noun (COURAGE)

[U] UK slang approving courage or willingness to take risks: It took a lot of bottle to do what she did.
Idioms

bottle

verb [T] uk   /ˈbɒt.l̩/ us    /ˈbɑː.t̬l̩/
to put something into bottles or jars: passive The wine is bottled at the vineyard. To bottle fruit you put fresh fruit into special containers.
bottle it UK informal to not do something because you are frightened; to fail at something because you are frightened : He should have taken the penalty but he bottled it.
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