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half-seas over

[haf-seez, hahf-] /ˈhæfˌsiz, ˈhɑf-/
adjective, Slang.
1.
drunk; intoxicated; inebriated.
Origin of half-seas over
1545-1555
1545-55
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  • Some timber cutters and teamsters were in town (one pub and the station), and most of them were half-seas over.

    From Chart House to Bush Hut Charles W. L. Bryde
  • Last night I was half-seas over, and tolerably happy; this morning I am high and dry, and intolerably miserable.

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • Garibaldi replied that he had already been half-seas over, but would not object to another cruise.

  • Between the still labors of a divine imagination, and the uproarious riot of a public feed when half-seas over?

  • The two men summoned managed to get up the side, though it was very evident that they were half-seas over.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • Peyrade wished to pass for a tippling Englishman; he never went out till he was half-seas over.

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