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Colloquial UsagePlay
Used informally, often among friends referring to heavy drinking. SlideAfter breaking up with his girlfriend, Mike has been on a bender.
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Implies excessive or uncontrolled alcohol consumption, usually seen in a bad light. SlideHer bender left her with a massive hangover and a lot of regret.
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Avoid using 'bender' in formal or professional contexts; it's casual speech. SlideI can't come to work, I was on a bender this weekend.