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  • I'm worried about her. I seldom see her sober and without a hangover.
  • Apparently, while he was still sober, Hans was invited to the stage to play the accordion.   (source)
  • He's never sober!   (source)
  • Also, he'd rarely been sober since we had arrived in Welch, and I was afraid that if I told him, he'd show up at school snookered and make things even worse.   (source)
  • I couldn't tell if Two-Bit was drunk or not. It's kind of hard to tell with him—he acts boozed up sometimes even when he's sober.   (source)
  • The Cut burst in and the suddenly sober patrons overturned tables and trampled one another in their efforts to flee.   (source)
  • 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.   (source)
  • When he's sober, you should tell him that it's getting out of hand.   (source)
  • He turns in his seat to look at us and explains, "They're just doing one of those sobriety checks."   (source)
    sobriety = the state of not being under the influence of alcohol
  • Poor devil-elderly woman-simple job if I'd been sober.   (source)
    sober = not under the influence of alcohol
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  • He was employed in a vague personal capacity — while he remained with Cody he was in turn steward, mate, skipper, secretary, and even jailor, for Dan Cody sober knew what lavish doings Dan Cody drunk might soon be about, and he provided for such contingencies by reposing more and more trust in Gatsby.   (source)
  • Once we saw a man, who seemed not quite sober, passing along a street in front of us.   (source)
    sober = unintoxicated (not under the influence of alcohol)
  • He's the best naturedest old fool in Arkansaw—never hurt nobody, drunk nor sober.   (source)
    sober = not drunk
  • "Why, this is what I want—and just shake yourself sober and listen, will you?" said Godfrey, savagely.   (source)
    sober = not under the influence of alcohol
  • He was sober enough, and that surprised me.   (source)
  • "When he's sober, I've never heard him say one negative thing about you," says Peeta.   (source)
  • "You don't interfere with my drinking, and I'll stay sober enough to help you," says Haymitch.   (source)
  • Dad was so eager to hear how the interview went that he was not only home when I got back from school, he was even sober.   (source)
  • By then he'd not only beaten back the TB, he'd been sober longer than any time since the Phoenix detox.   (source)
  • It looks as if he's had his own stylist because he's clean and groomed and about as sober as I've ever seen him.   (source)
  • Do you think he'll stay sober?   (source)
  • He had a one-room apartment over a garage, enjoyed doing the repairs and upkeep on the old lodge, loved being back within walking distance of untamed country, and was staying sober.   (source)
  • He'd been stone-cold sober since entering the hospital, and reading a lot more about chaos theory, particularly about the work of Mitchell Feigenbaum, a physicist at Los Alamos who had made a study of the transition between order and turbulence.   (source)
  • The hall was at present occupied by two deplorably sober men and their highly indignant wives.   (source)
    sober = not under the influence of alcohol (or very serious)
  • Well, it WAS pap, sure enough--and sober, too, by the way he laid his oars.   (source)
    sober = not drunk
  • 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.   (source)
  • Everybody that could get a chance at him tried their best to coax him off of his horse so they could lock him up and get him sober;   (source)
    sober = to stop being drunk
  • "Well," I says, "when I see the king in that doggery yesterday I says to myself, we can't get him home for hours, till he's soberer; so I went a-loafing around town to put in the time and wait."   (source)
    soberer = less drunk
  • And take care to keep sober to-morrow, else you'll get pitched on your head coming home, and Wildfire might be the worse for it.   (source)
    sober = not under the influence of alcohol
  • You've no call to catch cold; and I'd ask you if you'd be so good as tell my husband to come, on your way back—he's at the Rainbow, I doubt—if you found him anyway sober enough to be o' use.   (source)
  • "Now, ladies, I must trouble you to stand aside," said Mr. Kimble, coming from the card-room, in some bitterness at the interruption, but drilled by the long habit of his profession into obedience to unpleasant calls, even when he was hardly sober.   (source)
  • For there was the fever come and took off them as were full-growed, and left the helpless children; and there's the breaking o' limbs; and them as 'ud do right and be sober have to suffer by them as are contrairy—eh, there's trouble i' this world, and there's things as we can niver make out the rights on.   (source)
  • …those fresh bright hours of the morning when temptations go to sleep and leave the ear open to the voice of the good angel, inviting to industry, sobriety, and peace.   (source)
    sobriety = not being under the influence of alcohol
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  • Talk to me after you sober up.
  • 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.   (source)
    sobered up = stopped being drunk
  • In the daytime, he kept sober, but in the evenings, as the prospect of sleep and nightmares loomed, he was overcome by the need.   (source)
    sober = not drunk
  • I will tell him he only has permission when he's sober.   (source)
  • After we sobered up a bit with coffee and Mini Thins, Patrick drove me home.   (source)
    sobered up = became less drunk
  • It was the general opinion of Maycomb, however, that Mrs. Merriweather had sobered him up and made a reasonably useful citizen of him.   (source)
    sobered = became less drunk (or got completely past drunkenness)
  • He sobered up a little when we began to clip off the small yellow weeds choking the roses.   (source)
    sobered up = became less drunk
  • I feel like I'm sobering up after drinking all night.   (source)
    sobering up = becoming less drunk (or getting completely past drunkenness)
  • 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?   (source)
    sobered up = stopped drinking long enough that he wasn't drunk
  • I needed to sober up a little, so I walked.   (source)
    sober up = become less drunk
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  • But you sure didn't get drunk at Fort Carthage and then walk all this way without sobering up.   (source)
    sobering up = becoming less drunk
  •   "That she'd take a kid out to sea and let it drown--you wouldn't think a woman could do a thing like that?"
      I said to him: "Are you sure she did do it?"
      He said and in saying it he seemed suddenly to sober up: "I'm quite sure."   (source)
    sober up = become less drunk
  • I've been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library.   (source)
    sober = make less drunk
  • He sobered up afterward... .   (source)
    sobered up = became less drunk (or got completely past drunkenness)
  • Sober up.†   (source)
  • The Admiral stiffens up—sobers up—almost instantly.†   (source)
  • The heirs of Uncle Sam Westing clinked glasses with the members of the Good Salvation Soup Kitchen, sobered up for this happy occasion.†   (source)
  • The more anxious I grew about how I was going to sober up, the more upbeat and carefree Will became.†   (source)
  • I need more beers before I sober up.†   (source)
  • He laughed again, then sobered up.†   (source)
  • Last week when I drove him home down his access lane between the rows of maple and elder, he sobered up as he just stared at the roof skeleton rising high above the poured-concrete floor and the metal sidings.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • But I always went home when my dad sobered up.†   (source)
  • Daddy, sobered up some (or perhaps only with the stupid cunning of any hardpressed animal), told the doctor she had fallen downstairs.†   (source)
  • Why don't you step home, sober up, and think about this?†   (source)
  • We're sobering up.†   (source)
  • "I told you, I can't drive home right now," she said in an irritated voice, scooping some more pimento cheese out of my mother's Tupperware container onto a cracker and popping it into her mouth. i have to sober up first.†   (source)
  • O'Dell said, sobering up.†   (source)
  • When he sobered up, he tried to chase her down and get them back, but she outsmarted him.†   (source)
  • If I straightened myself out and sobered up, there's a possibility that I could adopt.†   (source)
  • I'd sobered up by then, so I nodded and struggled to keep the frown off my face.†   (source)
  • The Chairman seemed grateful for this, and when it was all over, he sat and talked with me a long while, drinking glasses of water to sober up.†   (source)
  • I kept hushing them, and they finally sobered up when I reminded them we were not libre yet.†   (source)
  • And then he'd sober up and dress neatly again and try to tend to his job."†   (source)
  • "Well"—again that bleak smile—"I haven't really sobered up yet.†   (source)
  • Look, if he sobers up, try to keep him that way, okay?†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • How he sobered up by Sunday morning was a complete mystery.†   (source)
  • --sobered up immediately when they saw the condition Pea Eye was in.†   (source)
  • If he sobers up, Harris thinks Stone could work there.†   (source)
  • He's still sobering up."†   (source)
  • She sobered up.†   (source)
  • "I'll talk to you tomorrow at the Council meeting, if you've sobered up," he said.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • You might want to sober up before Mom "Your mother."†   (source)
  • The next morning, after Maynard had sobered up, she gave him a choice: leave or go to jail.†   (source)
  • Have to sober up some before I can open any more.†   (source)
  • After several minutes of berserk laughter, the large beer-belly warden sobered up and explained.†   (source)
  • With the help of coffee she sobered up finally and slept through the late afternoon and early evening.†   (source)
  • And when he and Tom started back to the rodeo grounds Red sobered up the minute they were alone.†   (source)
  • But it was dead and it smelled wonderful and I ate a lot of it and sobered up.†   (source)
  • Meanwhile those of the guests who had sobered up were again drinking to keep company with Nadia, whom they soon made tipsy.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • He has suddenly sobered up, too-dully.†   (source)
  • We step out into the freezing air and it helps sober me up a little.   (source)
    sober = become less drunk (or get completely past drunkenness)
  • The drunken men were shuffled into the center of the lineup, their shoulders pinched between the shoulders of sober men, so that they wouldn't pitch face forward into the guards.   (source)
    sober = not drunk
  • He had sobered by then.   (source)
    sobered = stopped being drunk
  • Winters has sobered me up.   (source)
    sobered = became less drunk (or got completely past drunkenness)
  • Let you sober up in the stocks," says Peeta.†   (source)
  • Now go home, sober up, and get to work on Dying Earth X. I smiled and shook my head.†   (source)
  • Peter took me into the kitchen to make coffee, so I could sober up to drive home.†   (source)
  • When Doc sobers up, we'll get him to take a look at your face.†   (source)
  • Without thinking too much about it, he sobered up and fled London with his tail between his legs.†   (source)
  • I didn't want to be drunk when I did, so I took some Sober Up before I went in.†   (source)
  • "Well," he said, with a grin, "I'll read it just as soon as I sober up.†   (source)
  • "It's none of my business, but if I were you I'd sober up for a couple of days."†   (source)
  • He was thrown in the drunk tank and informed he could not use a telephone until he sobered up.†   (source)
  • He was sobering up with this kind of talk.†   (source)
  • He said a few more things, and by then he had sobered up completely.†   (source)
  • JAMIE Sobers up momentarily and with a pitying look.†   (source)
  • Or maybe three or four years from now, or three or four days from now, the prevailing winds take the balloon back home, because it needs money, or it sobered up, or it misses its kid brother.†   (source)
  • As for my dad: even after he'd sobered up he'd retained the faint clumsiness of a punch-drunk boxer, butterfingered with a phone or a kitchen timer, wet brain people called it, the mental damage from hard-core drinking, neurological stuff that never went away.†   (source)
  • Maybe it was just I'd sobered up a bit, no longer the chronic waste and splendor of those blazing adolescent drunks, our own little warrior tribe of two rampaging in the desert; maybe this was just how it was when you got older, although it was impossible to imagine Boris (in Warsaw, Karmeywallag, New Guinea, wherever) living a sedate prelude-to-adulthood life such as the one I'd fallen into.†   (source)
  • I've got some Sober Up in my bag."†   (source)
  • He came back the following night, all sobered up, and offered to buy Salander a beer, which, after a brief hesitation, she accepted.†   (source)
  • Sam insisted that every one of the juveniles go off to detention for at least a year, a demand I considered unreasonable since my client was a good student, had no record whatsoever, admitted what she'd done after she sobered up, and her parents were more than willing to reimburse the church for her share of the damages.†   (source)
  • Tell Lucien to be a nicer person, to stop smoking, cussing, insulting people, telling dirty jokes, to sober up?†   (source)
  • Even with a dose of Sober Up, she couldn't have been clean enough to have taken out Pandora if she'd been drinking her way downtown.†   (source)
  • When he sobered up, Ozzie drove him home and along the way told him to get rid of the Memphis lawyers.†   (source)
  • A lawyer was visiting a client in jail and heard about the two drunk Ole Miss law students in a cell back there, sobering up and missing classes.†   (source)
  • It took him a week after he sobered up to argue himself out of jail by paying a fine and promising to get out of town.†   (source)
  • He had drunk incessantly and complained that he had not slept for three months and that as soon as he sobered up for however short a time he suffered torments unimaginable to any normal human being.†   (source)
  • For a second Jamie reacts pugnaciously and half rises from his chair to do battle, but suddenly he seems to sober up to a shocked realization of what he has said and he sinks back limply.†   (source)
  • Instead of sobering up, he started to get delirium tremens.†   (source)
  • "You'll be here all night if you don't sober up."†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • He was genuinely hospitable, and the gambler down on his luck, the soldier sobering up, were always welcome at his table.†   (source)
  • He went back to Morocco, where he had been happy, and gradually drifted down the coast, from place to place, until one day when he had sobered up his drinking goes in pretty regular bouts now—he conceived the idea of escaping to the savages.†   (source)
  • I wish I could get at a drink and sober up," he agonized.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Found him half sobered up.†   (source)
  • Leave town till Cal sobers up.†   (source)
  • "A little learning is a dangerous thing. Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring; There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again."   (source)
    sobers = makes less impaired (weakened)
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  • These are sobering statistics that should leave all of us concerned.
    sobering = making one serious about an issue
  • ...and then she was laughing with Hannah. But instantly she sobered again.   (source)
    sobered = became serious
  • He'd read me a passage of scripture from the Book of Mormon, about a sober child, quick to observe.   (source)
    sober = serious-minded
  • He had a sober look in his eyes.   (source)
  • His expression is sober.   (source)
    sober = serious
  • With the bomb bay yawning open and dragging against the air, the plane was burning much more fuel than usual. Given that this mission was stretching the plane's range to the limit, it was sobering news.   (source)
    sobering = serious (making one serious-minded with concern)
  • "Well, I can understand that," I said soberly.   (source)
    soberly = in a serious manner
  • Gavril asked in a slightly more sober tone.   (source)
    sober = serious
  • Mr. Murry looked at her soberly.   (source)
    soberly = in a serious manner
  • He sat on the side of Jem's bed, looked at us soberly, then he grinned.   (source)
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  • This opulent sobriety betrayed the divided nature of the school, just as in a different way the two rivers that it straddled did.   (source)
    sobriety = seriousness
  • As the rain began to fall more soberly and in smaller liquid drops, children sought for shelter, and all were happy, refreshed and thankful.   (source)
    soberly = seriously
  • In a sober voice my father said, "Some day you may have to live in town."   (source)
    sober = serious
  • "Save them and they'll kill you," he said soberly.   (source)
    soberly = seriously
  • When he turned round to me, his face was sober.   (source)
    sober = serious
  • 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.   (source)
  • For in that case each would still be a self-contained universe, freed forever from the sobering influence of external danger.   (source)
    sobering = making one serious
  • Philip Lombard's face changed—sobered.   (source)
    sobered = became serious
  • The intoxication of success had evaporated; he was soberly his old self; and by contrast with the temporary balloon of these last weeks, the old self seemed unprecedentedly heavier than the surrounding atmosphere.   (source)
    soberly = in a serious manner
  • "Well, now," Mr. Summers said soberly, "guess we better get started, get this over with, so's we can go back to work."   (source)
    soberly = seriously
  • Napoleon Letsitsi, was a young man of sober habits and good conduct,   (source)
    sober = serious (not reckless or thoughtless)
  • You and I, Mina dear, who are engaged and are going to settle down soon soberly into old married women, can despise vanity.   (source)
    soberly = in a serious manner
  • Everyone thought soberly for a minute,   (source)
    soberly = seriously
  • Were it not, thinkest thou, for thy little one's temporal and eternal welfare that she be taken out of thy charge, and clad soberly, and disciplined strictly, and instructed in the truths of heaven and earth?   (source)
    soberly = plainly and respectably (without decoration)
  • "Well, he's very sober and industrious," said Nancy, trying to view the matter as cheerfully as possible.   (source)
    sober = serious
  • He was in high spirits, doing everything with happy ease, and preeminent in all the lively turns, quick resources, and playful impudence that could do honour to the game; and the round table was altogether a very comfortable contrast to the steady sobriety and orderly silence of the other.   (source)
    sobriety = seriousness
  • The handsome captain made a similar gesture, presumably offering to accompany her, but Nina shook his hand just as soberly as she had shaken the Count's and then walked across the square in the general direction of historical necessity.†   (source)
  • He looked soberly at the camera.†   (source)
  • "Good-bye, then, Remus," said Dumbledore soberly.†   (source)
  • "Oh," said Kate soberly.†   (source)
  • Therefore, we walked soberly around Harvard Square—a part of Cambridge that is not necessarily enhanced by sobriety.†   (source)
  • Miss Peregrine nodded soberly.†   (source)
  • She hears Ashoke speaking, saying soberly but loudly enough so that she fears he will wake Alan and Judy upstairs, "Yes, all right, I see.†   (source)
  • On the day of the Great On-Turning two soberly dressed programmers with briefcases arrived and were shown discreetly into the office.†   (source)
  • Alai nodded soberly.†   (source)
  • "I 'N c not been here in a while," he said, his breath coming out white, as he looked round appraisingly at the soberly clad pedestrians on the street.†   (source)
  • "Patrice soberly informed us he didn't think an arrow could pierce an elephant's hide.†   (source)
  • It looked like the entire school was there, watching soberly as they loaded me in the back of the ambulance.†   (source)
  • He seemed fond of his grandmother and used to her, but her verbosity produced in him a kind of soberly observant speechlessness.†   (source)
  • During his second term in office, Comrade E. M. S. went about implementing the Peaceful Transition more soberly.†   (source)
  • A woman stands there, thin, sad-faced, not old but aging, soberly dressed in a dark print dress and apron.†   (source)
  • Not wanting to appear overanxious or panicky, he found and soberly informed his two new friends that he couldn't find Missy and asked if they would each check with their families.†   (source)
  • "Not back then," Simmon said soberly.†   (source)
  • From that agony of bare existence to modern life can be soberly described only as upward progress, and the sole agent for this progress is quite clearly reason itself.†   (source)
  • In measured tones, as soberly as he could, Nels recited the facts as he understood them: Kabuo Miyamoto had gone to Ole Jurgensen to inquire about his land.†   (source)
  • "It's working," Dorothea said soberly.†   (source)
  • "I've always admired you," he said soberly, "and envied Richard."†   (source)
  • I carefully and soberly explained the nature of my talks with the government.†   (source)
  • "Neither mythical nor horse dung, I'm afraid," the Augur says soberly.†   (source)
  • Johnnie nodded soberly.†   (source)
  • After each show they gather backstage and critique each other's performance soberly.†   (source)
  • The president nodded soberly, motioning the ambassador to a chair.†   (source)
  • Medved nodded soberly.†   (source)
  • 'Oh, well,' sang McWatt soberly.†   (source)
  • Amanda watched her soberly, her hands in her lap.†   (source)
  • Jace looked at her soberly.†   (source)
  • "Shay Bourne is dead," Rufus said soberly.†   (source)
  • He nodded soberly….†   (source)
  • Instead he'd left me soberly confident.†   (source)
  • Sometimes Wealtheow would tip back her head, letting her copper-red hair fall free, and laugh; sometimes she listened, head cocked, now smiling, now soberly pursing her lips, only offering a nod.†   (source)
  • Miss Awolowo nodded soberly and paused before replying.†   (source)
  • We must consider it soberly, avoiding the extremes of total condemnation or of reckless agreement.†   (source)
  • Shade watched her soberly, then nodded.†   (source)
  • He looked hurt when I said this, deeply hurt, and he said soberly, "That is why you will never be an historian, Mr. McLean.†   (source)
  • They are on their honeymoon and the two of them, very soberly dressed, have walked into a photographic studio.†   (source)
  • More soberly, he turned to Fremantle.†   (source)
  • "Mannie," she said soberly, "you're opted.†   (source)
  • The president looked at his French counterpart soberly.†   (source)
  • "We wondered the same thing," Dr. Heinsch replied soberly.†   (source)
  • The captain nodded soberly.†   (source)
  • When they were seated there was a long silence, as the old watched Mark intently and soberly.†   (source)
  • One by one they said and giggled soberly, "Good night, Mr. Griffin."†   (source)
  • His father said soberly, "She's a hundred and three years old.†   (source)
  • He laughs-then soberly, with genuine sympathy.†   (source)
  • The Spaniard soberly bent over and gave the tail a carefree, lariatlike swing.†   (source)
  • Soberly she went to a hotel, and tidied her hair when she reached the room she had been given.†   (source)
  • Nay, in sober sadness, I believe I now love you all.   (source)
    sober = solemn (serious)
  • ...thank God! my father's a sober man and likely to live;   (source)
    sober = serious
  • There was something so pantherlike in the movement, something so unhuman, that it seemed to sober us all from the shock of his coming.   (source)
    sober = make serious
  • I was a little inclined to take his seriousness lightly, for, after all, four days of rest and freedom from burning, harrowing, anxiety does help to restore one's spirits, but when I saw his face, it sobered me.   (source)
    sobered = made serious
  • But the strangest part of the affair is the effect of this vagary, even on a sober-minded man like myself.   (source)
    sober = serious
  • These were anxious considerations; enough to sober her spirits even under the prospect of a ball given principally for her gratification.   (source)
    sober = make serious (or more calm)
  • …sitting longer at the whist-table—a choice exasperating to uncle Kimble, who, being always volatile in sober business hours, became intense and bitter over cards and brandy,   (source)
    sober = serious
  • She will grow sober by degrees.   (source)
  • That was not what she had been used to see in her own father, who was the soberest and best man in that country-side, only a little hot and hasty now and then, if things were not done to the minute.   (source)
    soberest = most serious
  • A weariness, arising probably, in great measure, from the same feelings which he had acknowledged in the morning, was peculiarly to be respected, and they went down their two dances together with such sober tranquillity as might satisfy any looker-on that Sir Thomas had been bringing up no wife for his younger son.   (source)
    sober = calm (not passionate)
  • He certainly wished her to go willingly, but he as certainly wished her to be heartily sick of home before her visit ended; and that a little abstinence from the elegancies and luxuries of Mansfield Park would bring her mind into a sober state, and incline her to a juster estimate of the value of that home of greater permanence, and equal comfort, of which she had the offer.   (source)
    sober = serious
  • So thought Fanny, in good truth and sober sadness, as she sat musing over that too great indulgence and luxury of a fire upstairs: wondering at the past and present; wondering at what was yet to come, and in a nervous agitation which made nothing clear to her but the persuasion of her being never under any circumstances able to love Mr. Crawford, and the felicity of having a fire to sit over and think of it.   (source)
    sober = solemn (serious)
  • Edmund's first object the next morning was to see his father alone, and give him a fair statement of the whole acting scheme, defending his own share in it as far only as he could then, in a soberer moment, feel his motives to deserve, and acknowledging, with perfect ingenuousness, that his concession had been attended with such partial good as to make his judgment in it very doubtful.   (source)
    soberer = more thoughtful (less emotional)
  • Mr. Yates had staid to see the destruction of every theatrical preparation at Mansfield, the removal of everything appertaining to the play: he left the house in all the soberness of its general character; and Sir Thomas hoped, in seeing him out of it, to be rid of the worst object connected with the scheme, and the last that must be inevitably reminding him of its existence.   (source)
    soberness = seriousness
  • He shook his head soberly and raised his right hand.†   (source)
  • "They may be right," he admitted soberly.†   (source)
  • He was soberly dressed, jeans and a black T-shirt, his dark hair partly in his eyes.†   (source)
  • She smiled, easy, and Boyle more soberly.†   (source)
  • "If Red breaks that leg again," Howard said soberly, "it will cripple him for life."†   (source)
  • "Plenty," I said, soberly thinking over my many faults.†   (source)
  • Yossarian looked at him soberly and tried another approach.†   (source)
  • When I told my father about it that night, he nodded soberly.†   (source)
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  • But he was sober; she knew the signs.†   (source)
  • Right now he was sober enough.†   (source)
  • Pout was thoughtful, sober, and cautious, Finch, a study in earnest impulsiveness.†   (source)
  • He had seen all of them sober and most of them drunk.†   (source)
  • By the time I finished eighth grade, Mom had been sober for at least a year, and she'd been dating Matt for two or three years.†   (source)
  • The walk and the pleasure he derives from tripping Leon seem to sober him up.†   (source)
  • Marriage brought the sobering realities of life into focus.†   (source)
  • Once I'd conjured up that sobering image, I was able to focus on my situation, and the question at hand: What was she doing here?†   (source)
  • He was simply taking me in, observing me, in a manner that was sober but not menacing.†   (source)
  • The thief looked at the child and what he saw was very sobering to him.†   (source)
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  • The students laughed, but they became more sober.†   (source)
  • BOD WAS A QUIET child with sober grey eyes and a mop of tousled, mouse-colored hair.†   (source)
  • And the Abnegation don't drink alcohol, so everyone is sober.†   (source)
  • I mentioned the titles because they were as great when I listened to them sober.†   (source)
  • He looked sober and tired.†   (source)
  • Because it always falls on the sober to pay for the sins of the drunk.†   (source)
  • A sobering power had attacked the earth.†   (source)
  • It was hard enough to do sober; with a hangover and tremors it was nearly impossible.†   (source)
  • In the middle of a crazy and drunk life, you have to hang on to the good and sober moments tightly.†   (source)
  • This time he beat me stone-cold sober.†   (source)
  • An the realization made him pull himself together in an instant, the way you got sober in an instant when the cops pulled you over, and he felt better, because now he knew what he had to do.†   (source)
  • Every farmer remembers what an unusually sober and industrious young man he was himself.†   (source)
  • Of course it was DISGUSTING and DEGRADING— we were sober!†   (source)
  • Sober women became crude, lusty, raucous.†   (source)
  • Tires squeal out of the parking lot, another sober student farewell.†   (source)
  • They seemed distant, at a loss, offended by his sobriety.†   (source)
  • New instructors, elderly townsmen of unreliable sobriety and disposition, are brought in.†   (source)
  • The sudden, high-pitched noises sounded even louder against the sober, silent funeral procession.†   (source)
  • My da, sober, laughing.†   (source)
  • There was something sober and curt in that sweetie.†   (source)
  • Surely she was sober enough to swerve.†   (source)
  • In spite of two cocktails and the bottle of wine they'd shared she feels distressingly sober.†   (source)
  • After numerous chapters brimming with optimism and cheer, the book ends with the sobering reality of Nazi-dominated Europe.†   (source)
  • And then the septon sobered and confessed all to my lord father.†   (source)
  • He still found it hard to take Attean's sober teasing.†   (source)
  • But her eyes were dead serious, cold sober.†   (source)
  • His face sobers, grows older in the glow of the red taillights.†   (source)
  • The agency clown when he was sober.†   (source)
  • They too were dressed in dark clothes and wore sober expressions.†   (source)
  • When Winston got drunk and started fighting, the locals knew it was time for the soberest man to ride and get Fannie.†   (source)
  • When I'm sober, I'm able to control my urges.†   (source)
  • It will sober you up.†   (source)
  • Lotta men have the drinking problem but there's nothing we can do long as they show up sober and do their work.†   (source)
  • By 6:00 Pm as the storm escalated into a full-scale blizzard with driving snow and winds gusting in excess of 60 knots, I came upon the rope that had been fixed by the Montenegrins on the snow slope 600 feet above the Col. Sobered by the force of the rising tempest, I realized that I'd gotten down the trickiest ground just in the nick of time.†   (source)
  • The coldness shocked him sober.†   (source)
  • Sober.†   (source)
  • In fairness, they weren't even completely sober.†   (source)
  • Will one of you stay sober?†   (source)
  • She giggled, then became sober again.†   (source)
  • I'd brought Echo, Isaiah and a very sober Beth.†   (source)
  • His face grew sober.†   (source)
  • Now sober, I reported to the hospital and claimed I had broken my fist by punching out my gun before I actually cleared the doorjamb.†   (source)
  • A sober Chicken Man had two words of advice.†   (source)
  • Patrice is just the opposite: studious, sober, and an exact physical copy of his father.†   (source)
  • The poet seemed suddenly sobered as he joined the Consul at the edge of the pit.†   (source)
  • His expression was sober and expectant.†   (source)
  • You could, I suppose, try being really, really earnest, portraying the characters as very serious and sober, making them noble by virtue of their goodness.†   (source)
  • The fourth question was preceded by a sober instruction: Imagine the White House wanted the unfiltered opinion of its constituents.†   (source)
  • In that sober field, two patches of orange looked wild--like life in the raw.†   (source)
  • Willem fixed his sober, deep-set eyes on mine.†   (source)
  • The other boys, sobered now, helped me up.†   (source)
  • A dark theater, he remembered, and the movie was Bonnie and Clyde, and Martha wore a tweed skirt, and during the final scene, when he touched her knee, she turned and looked at him in a sad, sober way that made him pull his hand back, but he would always remember the feel of the tweed skirt and the knee beneath it and the sound of the gunfire that killed Bonnie and Clyde, how embarrassing it was, how slow and oppressive.†   (source)
  • Been sober for eight years.†   (source)
  • Then he dried his tears, grew up, got sober and monogamous.†   (source)
  • I've visited numerous prisons, juvenile detention centers, sober-living homes and rehabilitation centers.†   (source)
  • The sober, steady brutality, the economy of it all.†   (source)
  • Very young, Josh said, sobering, recalling his history.†   (source)
  • He plucked the book out of her hand and read out loud: "The world still teems with those motley beings whom a more sober philosophy has discarded.†   (source)
  • Hunched over or not, it was impossible not to be reminded of the sheer impact of his physical presence - the very same that had once reduced two drunken gentlemen to sobriety in the back of a car.†   (source)
  • He paused and grew sober.†   (source)
  • I am sober, stonecold.†   (source)
  • But then again, none of us were particularly sober, either.†   (source)
  • She ordered a sober breakfast from the steward, who was dressed in impeccable white, and in the Captain's personal service, but she did not send a message for anyone to come for her.†   (source)
  • They started to laugh, then sobered.†   (source)
  • It was hardly guessed by anyone that within a few decades there would be no more absolute space, absolute time, absolute substance or even absolute magnitude; that classical physics, the scientific rock of ages, would become "approximate"; that the soberest and most respected of astronomers would be telling mankind that if it looked long enough through a telescope powerful enough, what it would see was the back of its own head!†   (source)
  • Age sneaks up on us all, but it sneaks up on a dog with a swiftness that is both breathtaking and sobering.†   (source)
  • The voices that spoke were cheerless and sober and suggested a barely suppressed urgency.†   (source)
  • That sobered her up.†   (source)
  • I just set out in the right direction, counting the blocks under my breath, and when I walked into the lobby of the hotel I was perfectly sober and my feet only slightly swollen, but that was my own fault because I hadn't bothered to wear any stockings.†   (source)
  • His eyes were sober, flat, despite the drink, and not eyes that attracted the eyes of others.†   (source)
  • Beside, I hate when people are too sober.†   (source)
  • He's been sober for a while now.†   (source)
  • They came directly home, sobered by the travesty in which they had participated.†   (source)
  • But if Tommy was the boy I remembered he was a very sober person and a good student.†   (source)
  • "This is where the story gets ticklish," Lindberg said, looking surprisingly sober.†   (source)
  • It sobered him up permanently.†   (source)
  • Wednesday afternoons we'd have it at Dennis' house because his mother goes shopping at the supermarket and his father doesn't get home from work until after six P.M., even when he's sober.†   (source)
  • But after the warden asked if he had anything to say, his expression was sober.†   (source)
  • He stood sober and penitent, his hands in the pockets of his trousers, as he stared right at Diana.†   (source)
  • In a sober voice, he said, "I don't know, Billy.†   (source)
  • Yeah, well you don't look too sober yourself.†   (source)
  • She can't screw if she's sober."†   (source)
  • Mr. Hynning perspired a great deal and there were those among us who thought he was not altogether sober.†   (source)
  • "What rifle?" Dad said, trying to straighten himself to appear sober.†   (source)
  • His entourage stands behind him, sober-faced.†   (source)
  • She sounds like a Centurion, and I try to arrange my face in an appropriately sober manner.†   (source)
  • As he talked he stood straighter and became more sober.†   (source)
  • Swaney's official portrait, a sober three-quarter profile of the mayor in a blazer, hung behind his desk.†   (source)
  • Dazed, cold sober, she walked across the lawn, fingering her keys.†   (source)
  • Slowly her face sobers into a mask of unhappiness) Ten thousand dollars.†   (source)
  • Mostly when he bothered to be sober.†   (source)
  • I feel way too sober, too aware of my whole body, my arms hanging there like dead weights.†   (source)
  • Bay Dick was the soberest of mounts.†   (source)
  • For parents—and parenting experts—who are obsessed with child-rearing technique, this may be sobering news.†   (source)
  • Before she'd been locked up, Hester/Anne had gotten sober, got married, and quietly embraced Jesus as her personal savior.†   (source)
  • Their reactions to his words were just what he expected them to be—sober.†   (source)
  • Sobriety.†   (source)
  • They cussed him and put him in the bed but they came back the next day when he was sober.†   (source)
  • I want you both sober.†   (source)
  • All the more dimensional, the rarer and sweeter when the narrator allows an element of foolery to attach itself to his sober persona, some hapless-ness or slippery shame.†   (source)
  • The walk toward her had been as sobering as usual, each step weakening his resolve to have a good day.†   (source)
  • Smith kept his eyes straight ahead, chin up, his face proud and sober.†   (source)
  • "That's a sobering thought indeed, Mrs. Nightwing.†   (source)
  • He was sober.†   (source)
  • He had been clean and sober for just over a year.†   (source)
  • The shock of seeing Patty on my mother's bed, in my mother's room, had sobered me up quick, the way only bad news can.†   (source)
  • Howlin' Mad Smith himself was sobered by what he had witnessed.†   (source)
  • I sobered quickly.†   (source)
  • He's obviously plastered and I'm getting more sober by the minute.†   (source)
  • Drunk or sober, I saw his body rotting in the coin, and I couldn't bear it.†   (source)
  • The count decorated it according to his personal taste, with a decadent, ambiguous refinement that startled Blanca, accustomed as she was to country life and her father's classical sobriety.†   (source)
  • Nately asked with sober confusion.†   (source)
  • When I didn't join in, she sobered.†   (source)
  • He would make the effort to stay sober when she was there.†   (source)
  • Or part of it might have just been sober common sense-maybe this was the only way to avoid crushing failure.†   (source)
  • It was no one he knew, probably some drunk out for a sobering stroll after a night at the town's only bar.†   (source)
  • If I can get him sober for more than ten seconds.†   (source)
  • I had always thought farmers were sober men.†   (source)
  • "The stalker?" exclaims Janice, and Dad gives a sober nod.†   (source)
  • Getachew Kassa's slow version of "Tizita," a bright but haunting, sober lament on a backdrop of minor-chord arpeggios, is the best known.†   (source)
  • I can't sit in a corny place like this cold sober.†   (source)
  • Are you sober, Lucien?†   (source)
  • He had only shrugged when the others questioned him about his prolonged silence during the flight from the Horde city-he wasn't sure why he felt so miserable himself They were thinking he was sober over his use of force, and he had half-convinced himself that they were right.†   (source)
  • It ain't pretty, even when you guys are sober.†   (source)
  • The captain ate with the decade commanders, a quieter, more sober conversation.†   (source)
  • Git that stool pigeon sober!†   (source)
  • "I'm not going to try to suck milk out of a sober pig, sir."†   (source)
  • In the stilted phrasing of a young captain from Pennsylvania, Alexander Graydon, "The appearance of things was not much calculated to excite sanguine expectations in the mind of the sober observer."†   (source)
  • His lips curved in his wide, rumpled face, but his eyes remained sober.†   (source)
  • He was sober, I believe.†   (source)
  • I want you sober tomorrow.†   (source)
  • My father is a roguing knave, even sober.†   (source)
  • They were clean and sober.†   (source)
  • I had clearly gotten the best of her, so I sobered to an elaborate caricature of humility.†   (source)
  • It sobered me instantaneously, and everything was quiet again.†   (source)
  • He was sober instantly.†   (source)
  • For a little while Gideon was sober.†   (source)
  • Most of them were in the uniform tunics of Eddis's soldiers, but she could see older men dressed in sober civilian clothes.†   (source)
  • By the time they'd reached the observatory, however, the smee's mood had sobered.†   (source)
  • His voice sobers.†   (source)
  • Stinging jets, part words, part pictures, kept shooting at his brain…… Hours of it, he thought, hours to spend watching the eyes of the guests getting heavy with boredom if they were sober or glazing into an imbecile stare if they weren't, and pretend that he noticed neither, and strain to think of something to say to them, when he had nothing to say —while he needed hours of inquiry to find a successor for the superintendent of his rolling mills who had resigned suddenly, without…†   (source)
  • They're not drunk yet, but they're not sober either.†   (source)
  • After sobering silence) (Sadly) I've got windshield wipers on my eyes, because I married you …. baby!†   (source)
  • We left Springville with the sobering realization that a hundred, even fifty years ago, rural blacks and whites sounded more alike than we might have thought.†   (source)
  • [A figure emerges from the shadows, a young black man dressed in a sober western suit.†   (source)
  • The threat was sobering even to me.†   (source)
  • Mama asked, looking sober and worried.†   (source)
  • But in my junior year, the cadets of fourth battalion had surprised both me and the Commandant's Department by selecting me as member of the honor court, a tribunal of twenty-one cadets known for their integrity, sobriety, and honesty.†   (source)
  • Courtney threw a sober stare at Mark and said, "If we can get things to Bobby, that means we can tell him his family disappeared."†   (source)
  • His victories came when he was sober.†   (source)
  • One of the by-products of being a perfectionist and constantly trying to improve myself are sobering feelings of low-grade anxiety and a nagging sense of inadequacy.†   (source)
  • Mornings brought sober hope, then the usual imperatives.†   (source)
  • Of course, she acted like having a few drinks was no big deal, assuring me she was perfectly sober (although I'm pretty sure she wasn't).†   (source)
  • I don't drink anything, so that I can talk politics and keep secrets, and from my position of sobriety I don't think the soup is so good.†   (source)
  • You want something to sober you down a bit.†   (source)
  • "Oh, yeah, when I'm sober, I believe it a lot."†   (source)
  • But listen," he said, and he sobered.†   (source)
  • A nearly sober Thorolf came to collect us.†   (source)
  • This is a very sobering assessment of my older sisters' relationships.†   (source)
  • This series of events is more like the incoherent dreams of jealousy or the exaggerations of a counterfeit zeal than like the sober fears of genuine patriotism.†   (source)
  • Food, sleep, and adrenaline have him feeling sober once more.†   (source)
  • Part of me wants to say wrong, but we, the gaggle, are straight and sober.†   (source)
  • Gamble was sober sane; Devin was more the barroom type.†   (source)
  • But he was sober.†   (source)
  • He got home stock sober, or seemed sober.†   (source)
  • Those who are sober.†   (source)
  • The last drink seemed to have sobered him.†   (source)
  • In other words, as it says in the Bible: "Don't think of yourself ]or climb] more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you" (Romans 12:3).†   (source)
  • "Since you're sober," Steve said, "yes."†   (source)
  • This was a sobering conclusion.†   (source)
  • On the way home, although the sky had sobered to a duty-stiff gray, Ralph decided to put the top of his car down.†   (source)
  • Or had he already drunk so much likker that he couldn't walk straight even when he was sober?†   (source)
  • I was realistic and sober when James Robison asked us to repeat a prayer with him.†   (source)
  • She said I want a wife only to keep my house," and he laughed, then sobered.†   (source)
  • Ben's eyes were round and his face sober.†   (source)
  • As he looked at those remote ramparts, George felt awed into a sudden sobriety.†   (source)
  • She was scared but nowhere near sober.†   (source)
  • Sophie was sober; both of us had stuck to 7-Up.†   (source)
  • Learning Latin (once I was free of Caesar) fed my love for words upon words, words in continuation and modification, and the beautiful, sober, accretion of a sentence.†   (source)
  • He still had a hangover, but he was sober, the next morning.†   (source)
  • We were suddenly very sober.†   (source)
  • Soon even the ebullient Peter was reduced to a sober plod.†   (source)
  • After the marriage, Aunt Goldie turned him into a model of sobriety.†   (source)
  • " Kemp was relieved that the sergeant wasn't quite sober.†   (source)
  • What all agony of these recent times, all sobering realizations, all desperation had not brought about, this was brought on by this moment, when the Om entered his consciousness: he became aware of himself in his misery and in his error.†   (source)
  • "I hope you are well!" and he laughed again and then all at once his face sobered completely.†   (source)
  • There is a kind of stupidity among drunks, particularly when they are sober, a kind of disconnection which the unobservant interpret as vagueness and which Leamas seemed to acquire with unnatural speed.†   (source)
  • Sober, literate.†   (source)
  • I don't give a damn if you're drunk or sober, far's you're concerned: point is this, Ralph.†   (source)
  • I'm a bit of a pig when I'm sober.†   (source)
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