Do we say "drink to your success"

  1. BEFORE the success (We wish somebody success); or

  2. AFTER the success (We congratulate somebody on their success)?


Well this answer is late, but it's both. It's more common to say it before though.

Often the "drink" part is omitted. So someone would raise a drink and simply say "to your success".

I think that the other answer actually misinterprets that dictionary entry. "Let's drink to your success in your new job." refers to wishing someone well for the future.

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    I agree with you that “success in your new job” is a hope for future success, but it is also a celebration of someone having already secured a new job. So, I think like most things in English, it’s complicated. – ColleenV Apr 22 at 20:00

Yes, it is possible!

The “drink to” entry in the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English says -

to wish someone success, good luck, good health etc before having an alcoholic drink:[British English] "Let's drink to your success in your new job."

So, it is used after the task as it is celebrating the success.

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    You are welcome. Note that the dictionary lists various uses of 'drink' and they all are interesting! OP's question is typically taken as an example on Longman. – Maulik V Apr 8 '16 at 10:18
  • so what do we say BEFORE the success? – haile Apr 8 '16 at 11:01
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    @haile All the best; Best of Luck; My wishes are with you... and many more personal messages! – Maulik V Apr 8 '16 at 12:00

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