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sobering
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Moby Dick
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sobering
Used in
Moby Dick
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  • Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • No, thought I, there must be some sober reason for this thing; furthermore, it must symbolize something unseen.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • But quitting all these unprofessional attempts, let us glance at those pictures of leviathan purporting to be sober, scientific delineations, by those who know.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • I observed, however, that one of them held somewhat aloof, and though he seemed desirous not to spoil the hilarity of his shipmates by his own sober face, yet upon the whole he refrained from making as much noise as the rest.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • However, the masts did not go overboard; and by and by we scrambled down, so sober, that we had to pass the flip again, though the savage salt spray bursting down the forecastle scuttle, rather too much diluted and pickled it to my taste.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • But at length all the past night's events soberly recurred, one by one, in fixed reality, and then I lay only alive to the comical predicament.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • His face was an exceedingly round but sober one; he was dressed in a faded blue woollen frock or shirt, and patched trowsers; and had thus far been dividing his attention between a marlingspike he held in one hand, and a pill-box held in the other, occasionally casting a critical glance at the ivory limbs of the two crippled captains.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • But could it be possible that any sober harpooneer would get into a door mat, and parade the streets of any Christian town in that sort of guise? I put it on, to try it, and it weighed me down like a hamper, being uncommonly shaggy and thick, and I thought a little damp, as though this mysterious harpooneer had been wearing it of a rainy day.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: a sobering thought
as in: Talk to me when your sober.
as in: I need to sober up.
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