Definition of in one's cups in English:

in one's cups

phrase

informal
  • Drunk.

    ‘he became mellow and humorous when in his cups’
    • ‘And I don't suppose - much as I admit to being overfond of myself and much as I am wont to declaim while in my cups in a way that would lead you to think that my problems are unique in this world - that I'm alone in this.’
    • ‘As deep in his cups as he is, the Professor knows he will be clear-headed in the morning.’
    • ‘Plato argued that drink could be a good test of a man's character, and ancient biographers were fascinated by the drinking habits of their subjects, believing that their true nature was revealed in their cups.’
    • ‘But this particular night, at the school dance, he was in his cups - half a mickey of gin, to be exact, trying to repair his relationship with the wonderful woman who would soon become his wife and the mother of his three children.’
    • ‘It sounds like a question for law students in their cups, but it actually entered a federal courtroom earlier this year.’
    • ‘And I'm not sure I haven't done that, when in my cups.’
    • ‘Till the day he left, and no doubt still among the old guys in their cups, the Railway boss was known to all as ‘Call-me-Dave’.’
    • ‘Last night, in my cups, I remembered the most embarrassing part of my secret teenage past: I used to perform in amateur productions of musicals.’
    • ‘After throwing back many pints, they wake up the next morning and find that while in their cups, they seem to have gotten hitched.’
    • ‘Later still, when you're neck-deep in your cups, your keen psychic antenna will fully sprout and you'll begin to detect thinly-veiled insolence and secret meanings in nearly everything they say or do.’
    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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