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sober
used in Running in the Family

2 meanings, 10 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
Talk to me when your sober.
Definition
not under the influence of alcohol
  • He would swing wildly, in those last years—not so much from sobriety to drink but from calmness to depression.
    p. 198.5

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2  —1 use as in:
I need to sober up.
Definition
to become less drunk
  • 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.
    p. 171.4

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?  —8 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • His victories came when he was sober.
    p. 171.7
  • Whenever he was sober, Francis tried to make the estate a perfect place for parties.
    p. 45.9
  • Humorous and gentle when sober, he changed utterly and would do anything to get alcohol.
    p. 58.4
  • He knew, even when sober, that he would need to drink again, and so buried bottles all around the estate.
    p. 58.6
  • Cox was charming when sober and brilliant when drunk.
    p. 121.1
  • If one was to be blind drunk in the twenties and thirties, one somehow managed it on public transport, or on roads that would terrify a sober man with mountain passes, rock cuts, and precipices.
    p. 148.3
  • They are on their honeymoon and the two of them, very soberly dressed, have walked into a photographic studio.
    p. 161.2
  • 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.
    p. 171.2

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