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In his cups


  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • In his cups under the influence of liquor
    • ***


In his cups - If someone is in their cups, they are drunk.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cuppe (Fr. coupe, It. coppa, a cup, the head); all from L. cupa, cuppa, a tub.


In literature:

His servant came in noiselessly with a cup of coffee and a little sheaf of letters.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
To be thus deserted in his darkest hour by his only friend was the bitterest ingredient in Ralph's cup.
"The Hoosier Schoolmaster" by Edward Eggleston
But they shall yet come to drink of his cup, and eat of his bread of opinion, in the famine of their Canaan.
"Sea and Shore" by Mrs. Catharine A. Warfield
He regarded her sombrely from the step, his chin cupped in a hand.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
And in his wake came Tobe with a pan in one hand and a cup in the other.
"Rose of Old Harpeth" by Maria Thompson Daviess
AND NEREUS CROWNES WITH CUPS, and Nereus drinks bumpers in his honor.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
He sat down, and took up his tin cup, and went at his breakfast again; but his appetite seemed in abeyance.
"The Girl from Montana" by Grace Livingston Hill
He only knew that the brownish-looking stuff in his cup was not milk, or hominy, or soup.
"Stories of American Life and Adventure" by Edward Eggleston
Then the food and the cups and the knives and the forks are put in twelve sacks and each one has his portion allotted him.
"T. De Witt Talmage" by T. De Witt Talmage
Emma in passing James his cup of tea, contrived to spill it over him.
"'Doc.' Gordon" by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman
For her sake Martin swallowed innumerable cups of milk and wrapped his chin in choky mufflers.
"Joanna Godden" by Sheila Kaye-Smith
All he asks, or seems desirous to know, is whether he is good-natured in his cups.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
Father Courcy wiped the empty cup carefully and put it back in his bag.
"The Broken Soldier and the Maid of France" by Henry Van Dyke
And put my silver cup in the sack of the youngest, with his money.
"The Wonder Book of Bible Stories" by Compiled by Logan Marshall
The young man took a hasty drink of his tea, which had grown cold in its cup, and pushed it away.
"The Palace of Darkened Windows" by Mary Hastings Bradley
To have his enemy behold him then and there was the last bitter drop in poor Ben's cup of humiliation.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, Nov 1877-Nov 1878" by Various
The squire sloomed and slept in his chair; and finally, after a cup of tea, went to bed.
"The Squire of Sandal-Side" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
In my time there was a padre (now removed) who emulated the example of the shamans and was frequently in his cups.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz
They all sat down, and Radmore began to eat his soup, served in a covered cup.
"What Timmy Did" by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes
He came out with some cupped in his hands.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath

In poetry:

"Know'st thou," he said, "thy gift of old?"
And in the hand he lifted up
The Pontiff marvelled to behold
Once more his mother's silver cup.
"St.Gregory's Guest" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The drunkard, he says he can't give it up,
For I must confess temptation's in the cup;
But he wishes to God it was banished from the land,
While he holds the cup in his trembling hand.
"A Tribute to Mr Murphy and the Blue Ribbon Army" by William Topaz McGonagall
The Parson like Bacchus was draining a cup
('Twas the wineglass he smashed in his joy, Sir,)
When the maids at the door made the topers look up,
"O Master, O Judge, it's a boy, Sir!"—Chorus.
"The Christening" by John Jay Chapman
The sound of a low, sweet whisper
Floats over a little bread,
And trembles around a chalice,
And the priest bows down his head!
O'er a sign of white on the altar --
In the cup -- o'er a sign of red.
"Feast Of The Sacred Heart" by Abram Joseph Ryan
How canst thou brook his foolishnesse?
Why, he'l not lose a cup of drink for thee:
Bid him but temper his excesse;
Not he: he knows, where he can better be,
As he will swear,
Then to serve thee in fear.
"Miserie" by George Herbert
You have felt his power—you have felt his power—
For a mighty one is he:
He is found in the field and is known in the bower
And hid in the cup of the tenderest flower,
He lurks where you may not see.
"The Mighty One" by David James Scott

In news:

Jimmie Johnson passed Brad Keselowski in the final two laps Sunday and held on to his narrow lead in the race for the Sprint Cup championship.
The athlete, embattled by reports of more than a dozen mistresses and a short stint in sex rehab, plans his big golf comeback with the Tavistock Cup next month, reported Sunday.
He of four Stanley Cup championships and eight Hart (MVP) Trophies at the time -- was traded from the Edmonton Oilers in his native Canada to the Los Angeles Kings.
Joey Logano, the pole sitter for the Sprint Cup Series season-finale at Homestead -Miami Speedway, will have to start from the rear of the field in a backup car after wrecking his primary vehicle during Saturday's practice session.
Shackleford's seventh-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile won't likely be his racing finale.
New London — Luca Tinunin swirled Gatorade in his mouth and spat into a small paper cup.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to change his policy of predominantly using younger players in the League Cup as he seeks to end the club's seven-year trophy drought.
Jamie Allison, boss of Ford Racing in North America, on Monday told a NASCAR-focused radio show that neither he nor any of his people issued team orders on Sunday afternoon during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
But in the 110th minute of a riveting World Cup final in 2006 against Italy, Zidane lowered his head and rammed Materazzi's chest, knocking him to the ground.
Treasured record of 16 Breeders' Cup wins is in his sights.
World number one Rory McIlroy has his sights firmly set on winning the money list on both major tours as he links up with most of his fellow European Ryder Cup heroes at this week's BMW Masters in Shanghai.
TOKYO — Olympic all-around champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan has withdrawn from next month's gymnastics World Cup event in Stuttgart, Germany, because of injuries to his right shoulder and right ankle.
David Beckham celebrates Los Angeles Galaxy winning the MLS Cup with his boys, Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
David Beckham ended his five-year stint in America's pro soccer league in style Saturday as his team, the Los Angeles Galaxy, won the MLS Cup.
CARSON, Calif.—David Beckham wraps up his six seasons with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday in the MLS Cup.