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as in: Talk to me when your sober. Define
not under the influence of alcohol
  • He had so often gone over in his mind the possibility of explaining everything without aggravating appearances that would tell, perhaps unfairly, against Bulstrode, and had so often decided against it—he had so often said to himself that his assertions would not change people's impressions—that Dorothea's words sounded like a temptation to do something which in his soberness he had pronounced to be unreasonable.

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  • She was still sober enough to know the situation was dangerous.
  • I'm worried about her. I seldom see her sober and without a hangover.

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as in: a sobering thought Define
serious or calm; or making serious or calm -- especially of thought
  • But Celia was administering what she thought a sobering dose of fact.
  • By the time it said, "The Baltic, now," the laugh which had been running through the audience became a general shout, and but for the sobering effects of party and that great public cause which the entanglement of things had identified with "Brooke of Tipton," the laugh might have caught his committee.

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  • These are sobering statistics that should leave all of us concerned.
  • She stopped laughing and said in a sober tone, ...

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unspecified meaning
  • But Mr. Rigg Featherstone's low characteristics were all of the sober, water-drinking kind.
  • "Oh, I trust so," he answered, with an effort to throw as much sober unconcern into his tone as possible!

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  • Even if you loved me as well as I love you—even if I were everything to you—I shall most likely always be very poor: on a sober calculation, one can count on nothing but a creeping lot.
  • He ended with a smile, not wishing to hurt his niece, but really thinking that it was perhaps better for her to be early married to so sober a fellow as Casaubon, since she would not hear of Chettam.
  • He had not been out hunting once this season, had had no horse of his own to ride, and had gone from place to place chiefly with Mr. Garth in his gig, or on the sober cob which Mr. Garth could lend him.
  • Mr. Bulstrode, hoping that the peculiar mixture of joviality and sneering in Raffles' manner was a good deal the effect of drink, had determined to wait till he was quite sober before he spent more words upon him.
  • She was thinking of her evening dresses for the visit to Sir Godwin Lydgate's, which she had long been secretly hoping for as a delightful employment of at least one quarter of the honeymoon, even if she deferred her introduction to the uncle who was a doctor of divinity (also a pleasing though sober kind of rank, when sustained by blood).

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as in: Talk to me when your sober. Define
not under the influence of alcohol
as in: a sobering thought Define
serious or calm; or making serious or calm -- especially of thought
as in: I need to sober up. Define
to become less drunk
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