In Adjustment bureau a reporter tells a young Senate candidate: Whenever I see you on C-SPAN, I always think you're about to go: "Chug!" and lifts his elbow up to his shoulder. What does he mean?enter image description here

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    Just a guess, but perhaps Chug! is what some Americans say in contexts where Brits might say Cheers! or I'll drink to that! - raising your (drinking) glass normally involves raising your elbow. – FumbleFingers Jan 12 at 18:56
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    Chug! is different from Cheers! Chug! means that you're about to drink down an entire mug of beer in one go - an activity that is associated with college fraternity members or similarly "hard partying" young people. – Canadian Yankee Jan 12 at 20:52

To "chug" is to drink your beer in one go. This matches the gesture, which could be miming the act of lifting a glass of beer and "chugging" it. This is generally considered to be juvenile behaviour, typical of young men in student fraternities. You can imagine a group of students, one is drinking and all the others are telling him to "Chug! Chug! Chug!"

It seems that the comment that is being made here is that the young Senate candidate looks like a student fraternity member.

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