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as in: a sobering thought Define
serious; or making one serious or calm
  • One of the surprising things always was the sense of calm and utter silence, broken only by the test rounds fired from the machine guns, by an occasional toneless, terse remark over the intercom, and, at last, by the sobering pronouncement of the bombardier in each plane that they were at the I.P. and about to turn toward the target.

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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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as in: Talk to me when your sober. Define
not under the influence of alcohol
  • 'I don't buy eggs in Malta,' he confessed, with an air of slight and clandestine amusement that was the only departure from industrious sobriety Yossarian had ever seen him make.
  • Deep otter-brown lines of preoccupation etched themselves permanently into his careworn face and gave him a harried look of sobriety and mistrust.

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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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  • Yossarian looked at him soberly and tried another approach.
  • Major Major's father was a sober God-fearing man whose idea of a good joke was to lie about his age.

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  • 'Oh, well,' sang McWatt soberly.
  • Nately's father was a sober, philosophical and responsible man; this old man was fickle and licentious.
  • Yossarian sucked his cheeks in soberly.
  • Nately asked with sober confusion.
  • An uneasy silence replaced it, and Yossarian was sober and self-conscious as he climbed down from the plane and took his place in the jeep that was already waiting for them.
  • He was an ambitious and humorless Lieutenant Scheisskopf, who confronted his responsibilities soberly and smiled only when some rival officer at the Santa Ana Army Air Force Base came down with a lingering disease.
  • They gathered soberly in the farthest recess of the ward and gossiped about him in malicious, offended undertones, rebelling against his presence as a ghastly imposition and resenting him malevolently for the nauseating truth of which he was bright reminder.
  • 'War is hell,' he declared frequently, drunk or sober, and he really meant it, although that did not prevent him from making a good living out of it or from taking his son-in-law into the business with him, even though the two bickered constantly.

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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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