be punch-drunk

be punch-drunk

to feel very tired and confused, especially after dealing with a difficult situation
Usage notes: If a boxer (= man who fights as a sport) is punch-drunk, his brain is damaged because he has been hit on the head too much or too hard.
Social workers are punch-drunk from the criticism they have received in recent months.
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When the overwhelming nature of the Republican victory in the November midterm elections became clear, the nation's most prominent Democratic elected officials seemed to be punch-drunk.
Some [conservative Democrats], to me, appear to be punch-drunk because they're not clear on the fact that DLC members lost--McCurdy in Oklahoma lost, Sasser in Tennessee lost.