One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he was cautioned for being intoxicated while on duty’
drunk, inebriated, inebriate, drunken, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence
blind drunk, dead drunk, rolling drunk, roaring drunk, as drunk as a lord, as drunk as a skunk
informal tight, merry, the worse for wear, pie-eyed, three sheets to the wind, plastered, smashed, hammered, sloshed, soused, sozzled, well oiled, paralytic, wrecked, wasted, blotto, stewed, pickled, tanked up, soaked, blasted, ratted, off one's face, out of one's head, out of one's skull
British informal legless, bevvied, Brahms and Liszt, half cut, out of it, bladdered, trolleyed, mullered, slaughtered, lashed, well away, squiffy, tiddly, out of one's box
Scottish informal fou
North American informal loaded, trashed, out of one's gourd, blitzed, ripped
US informal jacked
British vulgar slang pissed, rat-arsed, arseholed
British offensive, informal monged, monged out
dated, informal in one's cups, lit up
euphemistic tired and emotional
archaic sotted, foxed, screwed
rare crapulent, crapulous, bibulous, ebriate
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