- liquor, usually whiskey or brandy, mixed with water, soda water, ginger ale, etc. and served with ice in a tall glass
- a railroad signal, originally a ball hung above the tracks, meaning “go ahead”: sometimes used fig.
Origin of highballhighballsense ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps high + ball, bartender's slang for “whiskey glass”: influenced, influence uncertain or unknown; perhaps by the verb
Slang to proceed at great speed
Origin of highball< highball
- A cocktail served in a tall glass and consisting of liquor, such as whiskey, mixed with water or a carbonated beverage.
- a. A railroad signal indicating full speed ahead.b. A high-speed train.
intransitive verbhigh·balled, high·ball·ing, high·balls Slang
To move ahead at full speed.
(third-person singular simple present highballs, present participle highballing, simple past and past participle highballed)