tired and emotional

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First used by the British satirical magazine Private Eye in 1967, in a spoof diplomatic memo to describe the state of cabinet minister George Brown. It is now used as a stock phrase and euphemism to avoid litigation for libel, and the phrase has spread well beyond the magazine.


tired and emotional

  1. (Britain, humorous, idiomatic, euphemistic) Drunk.
    • 2006, Private Eye
      Harry was "fired up. He'd been drinking and was tired and emotional."