tight as a tick

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(as) tight as a tick definition


  1. mod.
    very tight. : The windows were closed—tight as a tick—to keep the cold out.
  2. mod.
    alcohol intoxicated. (An elaboration of tight.) : The host got tight as a tick and fell in the pool.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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tight as a tick

Drunk, as in She was tight as a tick after just one glass of wine. This expression alludes to a tick engorged with the blood of the animals it feeds on. [Slang; mid-1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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