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sobering
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
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as in: a sobering thought Define
serious; or making one serious or calm
  • His ducking sobered him a little, and he went to sleep, taking first out of his pocket a book, which he desir'd I would dry for him.

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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
  • I waited upon him accordingly, and should have taken Collins with me but that he was not sober.
  • Meredith was no compositor, a poor pressman, and seldom sober.

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  • While I liv'd in Boston most of my hours of leisure for conversation were spent with him, and he continu'd a sober as well as an industrious lad; was much respected for his learning by several of the clergy and other gentlemen, and seemed to promise making a good figure in life.
  • ] As those people are extreamly apt to get drunk, and, when so, are very quarrelsome and disorderly, we strictly forbad the selling any liquor to them; and when they complain'd of this restriction, we told them that if they would continue sober during the treaty, we would give them plenty of rum when business was over.

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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 making one serious or calm
as in: I need to sober up. Define
to become less drunk
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