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drunk as Chloe

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Possibly a reference to the Chloe mentioned in the poetry of Matthew Prior.[1]

AdjectiveEdit

drunk as Chloe (not comparable)

  1. (UK, Australia, colloquial, simile) Very drunk.
    • 1823, Drink, entry in Jon Badcock, Slang: A Dictionary of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, the Pit, or Bon-Ton, page 71,
      Drunk as Chloe; she must have been an uproarious lass.
    • 1840, Charles Dickens, William Harrison Ainsworth, Albert Smith, The Journal of Old Barnes, the Pantaloon: On a trip to Paris, in 1830, in Bentley's Miscellany, Volume 5, page 466,
      Sorry to observe that Seymour had ‘been at his tricks,’ and was as drunk as Chloe ! — as the saying is ; but as to who Chloe was, my reading never informed me.
    • 1859, Melbourne Punch, Volume 8, page 40,
      They were all as drunk as Chloe, and I being a little in a sympathetic condition, they took me into their confidence.
    • 1896, J. M. Barrie, Sentimental Tommy, 2007, The Echo Library, page 99,
      They passed many merry-makers homeward bound, many of them following a tortuous course, for the Scottish toper gives way first in the legs, the Southron in the other extremity, and thus between them could be constructed a man wholly sober and another as drunk as Chloe.
    • 1904, New Zealand House of Representatives, Parliamentary Debates, page 53,
      It was a regular thing for many of the clergy to be as drunk as Chloe on Saturday night, get through their sermon on Sunday morning, and get drunk and sober again before the evening.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1968 [1892], Henry Frederic Reddall, Fact, Fancy, and Fable: A New Handbook for Ready Reference on Subjects Commonly Omitted from Cyclopaedias, page 176, — Drunk as Chloe. This saying probably refers to the lady of that name, notorious for her drinking habits, so often mentioned by Matthew Prior in his poems.