Completely sober (1930s+)
Never in his life had the physical desire for drink been more acute—but his brain was cold sober.
Gordon was cold sober, and it was as if all his vital fluid had evaporated.
One night last year I started out for a three-day party and I kept going all night and went to bed in the morning cold sober.
That was right—just as drunk as he'd ever been; which was to say, cold sober.
cold sober, now, his one thought was to get out of the cabin, yet he dared not move.
I paid mighty close attention to what I was dealt the next hand, and turned down a drink to make sure I was cold sober.
If he'll talk at all, it will be easier for you to get the truth out of him that way than if he were cold sober.