I. noun Date: 1895 1. an iced drink containing liquor (as whiskey) and water or a carbonated beverage (as ginger ale) and served in a tall glass 2. a railroad signal for a train to proceed at full speed II. intransitive verb Date: 1912 to go at full or high speed <
a highballing express train

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