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Slang definitions & phrases for tight as a tick

tight as a tick

adjective phrase

Very drunk

[1927+; fr the inflated tightness of an engorged tick, found in reference to fullness by 1678]


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Idioms and Phrases with tight as a tick

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. [ ; mid-1800s ]
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