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I'm Brazilian and in the portuguese language we have a verb do describe the act of putting something in a bottle. The verb is "engarrafar".

Is there an equivalent in english?

  • It says there only! to bottle up! However, it is an idiom as well meaning something different. macmillandictionary.com/thesaurus-category/british/… – Maulik V Aug 13 '14 at 12:49
  • For a factory process, you can use the verb, "to bottle" as in "This factory bottles Coca Cola products." The phrase "to bottle up," has a connotation of putting contents under pressure, as in "Don't keep your emotions bottled up inside." – Will Murphy Aug 13 '14 at 12:53
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Bottle serves equally as a verb with exactly that sense. Here are some instances from Google:

We bottle our milk in clear glass, not cardboard cartons.
Tonight I bottled six quarts of mead.
We are bottling our 40th vintage of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for release later this year.

  • So, can I say that the word 'bottle' is both a noun and a verb? – talles Aug 13 '14 at 13:17
  • @talles Yes, indeed. – StoneyB on hiatus Aug 13 '14 at 13:19
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    Dunno about US, but in the UK, the slang verb to bottle [it] means to back down from a confrontation or other fraught situation (due to lack of bottle = courage). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Aug 13 '14 at 14:31
  • @FumbleFingers That's interesting. Is bottle related to Dutch courage, or that only an Americanism? – StoneyB on hiatus Aug 13 '14 at 16:23
  • You'd think [dutch] courage = bottle [of beer] (well, I certainly did last year on ELU). But according to OED bottle=courage derives from some Victorian slang usage no bottle - no good; bad(ly), useless(ly), which I've never encountered. I suppose it's probably irrelevant to mention that in my early drinking days, the only beer I normally had in bottles (as opposed to cans, or draught beer) was the brand Courage Light Ale – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Aug 13 '14 at 17:03

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