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sober up -- as in: I need to sober up.
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as in: I need to sober up. Define
to become less drunk
  • Coffee doesn’t really help one to sober up; though it does help fight sleepiness.
  • Talk to me after you sober up.
  • I feel like I’m sobering up after drinking all night.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • I needed to sober up a little, so I walked.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death

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  • After we sobered up a bit with coffee and Mini Thins, Patrick drove me home.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • He sobered up a little when we began to clip off the small yellow weeds choking the roses.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • He sobered up afterward... .
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • But you sure didn’t get drunk at Fort Carthage and then walk all this way without sobering up.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • There were third-cousins who had not seen her in years but gave up half a day’s pay at the mill to be there; an old drunk who sobered up for her out of respect and sat pale and quietly shaking in the back pew; an ancient, hawk-nosed, hard-eyed man who had not seen her since he was young, but remembered she had once poured him a glass of buttermilk, or was it coffee?
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • The Admiral stiffens up—sobers up—almost instantly.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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  • "I’ll talk to you tomorrow at the Council meeting, if you’ve sobered up," he said.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • During all the months of soberness the two of them were equals, very close and full of humour, but in his moments of darkness she drew on every play she had been in or had read and used it as a weapon, knowing that when my father sobered up this essentially shy man would be appalled to hear how my mother had over-reacted.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • The more anxious I grew about how I was going to sober up, the more upbeat and carefree Will became.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • The heirs of Uncle Sam Westing clinked glasses with the members of the Good Salvation Soup Kitchen, sobered up for this happy occasion.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • The next morning, after Maynard had sobered up, she gave him a choice: leave or go to jail.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • With the help of coffee she sobered up finally and slept through the late afternoon and early evening.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • But I always went home when my dad sobered up.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He stared ahead, covered in blood, eyes burning with hate as she cleaned his face and put him on her couch to sober up with some ice packs.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • But secretly I’m wondering if Haymitch sobered up long enough to help Peeta and me because he thought we just might have the wits to survive.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • We’re sobering up.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • "Let me see that!" O’Dell said, sobering up.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • When Doc sobers up, we’ll get him to take a look at your face.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Look, if he sobers up, try to keep him that way, okay?
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • How he sobered up by Sunday morning was a complete mystery.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • I need more beers before I sober up.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • Daddy, sobered up some (or perhaps only with the stupid cunning of any hardpressed animal), told the doctor she had fallen downstairs.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • I’d sobered up by then, so I nodded and struggled to keep the frown off my face.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • And when he and Tom started back to the rodeo grounds Red sobered up the minute they were alone.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • Have to sober up some before I can open any more.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • Instead of sobering up, he started to get delirium tremens.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • i have to sober up first.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • I kept hushing them, and they finally sobered up when I reminded them we were not libre yet.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Why don’t you step home, sober up, and think about this?
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The surgeon on call had arrived at the hospital late, and drunk, and allowed himself too much time breathing pure oxygen to sober up before starting the simple procedure of removing an inflamed appendix.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • He came back the following night, all sobered up, and offered to buy Salander a beer, which, after a brief hesitation, she accepted.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • It was composed in a wanton moment by the Dean of the Divinity School on a moonlight night in July, 1776, while sobering up in a Turkish bath.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • He left the culprits confined in the brig of the aircraft carrier while they sobered up and while he thought about it; then he had them lined up before him on the quarter deck.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • The crew, which had been in high spirits and drunk on their own celebrity—for weren’t they the first men to bring a Texas herd across the Yellowstone?—sobered up immediately when they saw the condition Pea Eye was in.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • But it was dead and it smelled wonderful and I ate a lot of it and sobered up.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • If he sobers up, Harris thinks Stone could work there.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • When he sobered up, he tried to chase her down and get them back, but she outsmarted him.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • You might want to sober up before Mom "Your mother."
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • After several minutes of berserk laughter, the large beer-belly warden sobered up and explained.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • Leave town till Cal sobers up.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • Without thinking too much about it, he sobered up and fled London with his tail between his legs.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Found him half sobered up.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • He was genuinely hospitable, and the gambler down on his luck, the soldier sobering up, were always welcome at his table.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • She sobered up.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • And so first off, Castorp, we’re going to stick you in bed; we’ll see if we can’t get you sobered up with a few weeks of bed rest.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He has suddenly sobered up, too-dully.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  Long Day’s Journey into Night
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To see samples using other meanings of sober, click a word sense below:
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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