Of or relating to the period of time before an athletic competition.
A party or other social gathering that occurs before an athletic competition: We went to the pregame and ate burgers.
v. pre·gamed, pre·gam·ing, pre·games
To drink alcoholic beverages before (an event or social gathering): We pregamed the party.
To drink alcoholic beverages before an event or social gathering.
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