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sober
used in To Kill a Mockingbird

2 meanings, 5 uses
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1  —4 uses as in:
a sobering thought
Definition
serious; or making one serious or calm
  • He sat on the side of Jem's bed, looked at us soberly, then he grinned.
    p. 177.2
soberly = in a serious manner
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • When Miss Caroline threatened it with a similar fate the first grade exploded again, becoming cold sober only when the shadow of Miss Blount fell over them.
    p. 28.9
  • sober = serious
  • Looking down the hall, we should have seen Atticus Finch, Attorney-at-Law in small sober letters against the light from behind his door.
    p. 200.5
  • sober = serious
  • ...Miss Rachel (sober as a judge),
    p. 307.3
sober = serious
There are no more uses of "sobering" flagged with this meaning in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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2  —1 use as in:
I need to sober up.
Definition
to become 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.
    p. 308.7
sobered = became less drunk (or got completely past drunkenness)
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