sober as a judge
Not at all intoxicated, quite clear-headed, as in Even after three drinks he was sober as a judge. Why judges should be equated with sobriety is not known, but the simile was first recorded in 1694.
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Judge or sheriff, it was all one to them, each being equally terrible in their eyes.
Now-a-days it is the bankrupt who flouts, and his too confiding creditors who are jeered and laughed at.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
“And the matter of the will was all disposed of by the probate judge today, I hear,” said the judge, his hand on the door.
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