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as in: Talk to me when your sober. Define
not under the influence of alcohol
  • 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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  • Her expression was sober.
  • I don’t want to be with anyone who can’t have fun when they’re sober.
  • I have been sober for almost two years.
  • I’ve never been this sober around people this wasted, and I say a brief prayer that I’m not half as annoying as they are when I’m drunk.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • When I’m sober, I’m able to control my urges.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • They cussed him and put him in the bed but they came back the next day when he was sober.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  Ellen Foster
  • He turns in his seat to look at us and explains, "They’re just doing one of those sobriety checks."
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • and how long will yuh stay sober now?
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh

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  • WAS pap, sure enough—and sober...
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • I can’t sit in a corny place like this cold sober.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • I mentioned the titles because they were as great when I listened to them sober.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • You’re wonderfully sober.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • In the middle of a crazy and drunk life, you have to hang on to the good and sober moments tightly.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • "What rifle?" Dad said, trying to straighten himself to appear sober.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • Or had he already drunk so much likker that he couldn’t walk straight even when he was sober?
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • They’re not drunk yet, but they’re not sober either.
    Allan Stratton  --  Chandra’s Wars
  • she was stone-cold sober
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • Tom was sober enough now.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • And she’s the only one of us still sober.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • he acts boozed up sometimes even when he’s sober.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • "Well, he’s very sober and industrious," said Nancy, trying to view the matter as cheerfully as possible.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • "Sober enough," he says, trying and failing to raise one eyebrow.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • He used to always whale me when he was sober and could get his hands on me; though I used to take to the woods most of the time when he was around.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • "Well, maybe tomorrow night you’ll get some cute sober boys."
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • And yet here he was, as sober as Spock and me, and being a soldier was all he could talk about.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • She seems sober, but her pupils are enormous and the whites of her eyes bloodshot.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • He was sober, still drinking soda, surrounded by guys who understood everything he’d been through, but his good mood of the afternoon had vanished.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • I feel totally sober.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Sober boys, huh?
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Dad hated talking about the war and never did it sober.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • For several years he floated from one crisis to another until the overdose death of a close friend motivated him to crawl his way back to sobriety.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • "And I’m sure you were the model of sobriety."
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • He would swing wildly, in those last years—not so much from sobriety to drink but from calmness to depression.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • New instructors, elderly townsmen of unreliable sobriety and disposition, are brought in.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • After the train ride up from Washington, I had experienced hardly a moment’s sobriety or a moment’s sleep.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • How many days’ sobriety now?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • So much for sobriety.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Finally, Haymitch is being forced into sobriety, with no secret stashes or home-brewed concoctions to ease his transition.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Grandma Lynn held her tongue about the questionable sobriety of known jazz greats.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Bill seemed to suddenly regain his sobriety.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • I insist on perfect sobriety and silence.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • These primitive statesmen, therefore—Bradstreet, Endicott, Dudley, Bellingham, and their compeers—who were elevated to power by the early choice of the people, seem to have been not often brilliant, but distinguished by a ponderous sobriety, rather than activity of intellect.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • He accompanied his conductor into a guard-room, smelling of common wine and tobacco, where certain soldiers and patriots, asleep and awake, drunk and sober, and in various neutral states between sleeping and waking, drunkenness and sobriety, were standing and lying about.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • This opulent sobriety betrayed the divided nature of the school, just as in a different way the two rivers that it straddled did.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • I tell you, he’s a regular hearse for blackness and sobriety, and will drive you like a funeral, if you want.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The number seemed to stun the camerlegno back to sobriety.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I’m actually beginning to enjoy sobriety.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Yet, for all his hardy sobriety and fortitude, there were certain qualities in him which at times affected, and in some cases seemed well nigh to overbalance all the rest.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
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as in: a sobering thought Define
serious; or making one serious or calm
  • These are sobering statistics that should leave all of us concerned.
  • She stopped laughing and said in a sober tone, ...

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  • When he turned round to me, his face was sober.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • The crowd looked mighty sober; nobody stirred, and there warn’t no more laughing.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Her associates said little but looked sober and occasionally made important-looking notations on the yellow legal pads that lawyers never seemed to tire of.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • "Save them and they’ll kill you," he said soberly.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • In a sober voice my father said, "Some day you may have to live in town."
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • But the strangest part of the affair is the effect of this vagary, even on a sober-minded man like myself.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • Napoleon Letsitsi, was a young man of sober habits and good conduct,
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • I was trying to jolly her but Star doesn’t jolly. She answered in sober earnest.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road

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  • Everyone thought soberly for a minute,
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
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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.

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  • 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
  • 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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  • I’m a bit of a pig when I’m sober.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • After that he looks like a midwestern bank president, with his straight neatly brushed silver hair, his sober posture, shoulders a little stooped.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale

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  • Given that this mission was stretching the plane’s range to the limit, it was sobering news.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • This chief scene-shifter was a serious, sober, steady man, very slow at imagining things.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • It was Alec, soberly dressed in a long, dark blue jacket, his black hair in disarray.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Yeah, so if that guy can make it in drunk, surely we can make it in sober.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • Information is so powerful that the assumption of information, even if the information does not actually exist, can have a sobering effect.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • As time passed, however, even sober men and women began to think of him in less-than-rational terms.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Ser Dontos, sobered by his near brush with death, crawled to his knees.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Mollander grew more stubborn when he drank, and even when sober he was bullheaded.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows

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  • The agency clown when he was sober.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • "We wondered the same thing," Dr. Heinsch replied soberly.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • "Neither mythical nor horse dung, I’m afraid," the Augur says soberly.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • She sounds like a Centurion, and I try to arrange my face in an appropriately sober manner.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Willem fixed his sober, deep-set eyes on mine.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • "It’s working," Dorothea said soberly.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • They too were dressed in dark clothes and wore sober expressions.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • The sound sobered me up pretty quickly.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • He was soberly dressed, jeans and a black T-shirt, his dark hair partly in his eyes.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The walk toward her had been as sobering as usual, each step weakening his resolve to have a good day.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Something about what he said had sobered me.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Newly focused, sober, and intensely committed to succeed, he graduates with honors and returns to his community intent on changing things.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • This was a sobering conclusion.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • At least not this early in the evening, not as sober as they were.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • He sounded grave and sober.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Whenever he was sober, Francis tried to make the estate a perfect place for parties.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • But the majority were soberly and poorly clad, and here and there, in the farthermost pews, Kit glimpsed the familiar black faces that must be slaves.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Mama must have guessed what was going on in my mind, for she kept handing me sober looks all the time she was getting breakfast.
    Fred Gipson  --  Old Yeller
  • BOD WAS A QUIET child with sober grey eyes and a mop of tousled, mouse-colored hair.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • I was offered some of the contents, but declined at first on grounds that I found it hard enough to stay in the saddle sober.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Hindley descended more leisurely, sobered and abashed.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I cried, perceiving the master to be tolerably sober.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • My dream was out; my wild fancy was surpassed by sober reality; Miss Havisham was going to make my fortune on a grand scale.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • An’ then I felt that knife go in me, an’ that sobered me up.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • I’ve been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • By lorries along sir John Rogerson’s quay Mr Bloom walked soberly, past Windmill lane, Leask’s the linseed crusher, the postal telegraph office.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Sober serious man with a bit in the savingsbank I’d say.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • 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.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • So he nodded, And soberly did mount an arm-girt steed, Who neigh’d so high that what I would have spoke Was beastly dumb’d by him.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • No; I pray thee speak in sober judgment.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • But such an old card as this, so deep, so sly, and secret (though I don’t believe he is ever sober), I never came across.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • They were of sobering tendency; they allayed agitation; they composed, and consequently must make her happier.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • The company had come to a halt, more sober men, as you may guess, than when they started.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Like other dwellers in the south, he was a man of sober habits and moderate desires, but fond of external show, vain, and addicted to display.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • That sobered him a little; and when he saw Henderson, the London journalist, in his garden, he called over the palings and made himself understood.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The poor captain raised his eyes, and at one look the rum went out of him and left him staring sober.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Poor devil-elderly woman-simple job if I’d been sober.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • "I’ll imagine that I like them," said Anne soberly.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • But you’re so featherbrained, Anne, I’ve been waiting to see if you’d sober down a little and learn to be steady before I begin.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • He was a Doc Vickerson of Elk Mills, grown wiser and soberer and more sure.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
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