in one's cups

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in one’s cups

  1. (idiomatic) Drunk; in the act of consuming alcohol liberally.
    • 1809, Washington Irving, Knickerbocker's History of New York, ch. 6:
      [T]he natives were an honest, social race of jolly roysterers, who had no objection to a drinking bout, and were very merry in their cups.
    • 1852, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance, ch. 21:
      They grew only the more sober in their cups; there was no confused babble nor boisterous laughter. They sucked in the joyous fire of the decanters and kept it smouldering in their inmost recesses.
    • 1906, E. W. Hornung, The Shadow of the Rope, ch. 1:
      [H]ere he gambled, there he drank; and in his cups every virtue dissolved.
    • 2006, Margaret Hawkins, "Home Alone: Blackmon photos find solitude among domestic chaos," Chicago Sun-Times, 17 Nov., p. NC50:
      The woman on the other hand is in her cups swigging from one wine glass while another stands at her elbow.