One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
plural nounthe dry horrors
The psychotic symptoms of withdrawal suffered by an alcoholic.‘he wakes up alone in a police cell with a bad case of the dry horrors’
- ‘A guest had woken up with the dry horrors and gone on the prowl for a fizzy drink.’
- ‘Oh God, dry horrors beyond belief, tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth and twice its normal size.’
- ‘Let's face it, being in a room full of socialists would tend to give you the dry horrors.’
- ‘It could have been my subconscious trying to rebel against my sleepy image, but was more likely to have been the dry-horrors.’
- ‘I was suffering from a slight case of the dry horrors.’
- ‘Water is better for the dry horrors.’
- ‘Anyone got any water? I got the dry horrors.’
- ‘Having got drunk again so soon without recovering from Saturday, I will shortly have what I call the dry horrors.’
- ‘She did have to excuse herself from callisthenics on the monkey deck, saying she had a touch of the dry horrors.’
- ‘I really wanted a drink because I had the dry horrors by then.’
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