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Slang definitions & phrases for dead drunk

dead drunk

adjective phrase

Very drunk; stinko (1602+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Examples from the Web for dead drunk
Historical Examples
  • Ancients, believe it we were not dead drunk, and therefore lie quiet under the table for once, and let a few moderns be uppermost.

  • It was advertised that a man could get drunk for a penny and dead drunk for twopence.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • Wasnt the least bit of use; he was dead drunk in less than a week.

  • If you will allow me to say so, sir, said he, the gentleman is dead drunk.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • He found her in excellent health and spirits and Lebyadkin dead drunk, asleep on the sofa in the first room.

    The Possessed Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • He's been drunk, dead drunk, by about half-past nine in the morning.

    The Missionary George Griffith
  • Half an hour later, he was dead drunk, and snoring on the cabin floor.

    Miles Wallingford James Fenimore Cooper
  • They found it to be an old sot they knew too well lying there, dead drunk.

  • On the following Monday I went to Indianapolis drunk, and there got "dead drunk."

    Fifteen Years in Hell Luther Benson
  • He made a speech on the sobriety of the Spartans—when all were dead drunk.

    The Hero of the People Alexandre Dumas
Idioms and Phrases with dead drunk

dead drunk

Completely intoxicated, as in I can't remember a thing about last night; I was dead drunk. This phrase, first recorded in 1599, alludes to the immobility and insensibility of actual death.
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