drunk as a fiddler

drunk as a fiddler

Extremely intoxicated. You're drunk as a fiddler, stumbling in here reeking of alcohol! I only meant to stay for one drink, but I wound up getting drunk as a fiddler.
See also: drunk, fiddler
References in classic literature ?
Then they tucked the old man into a beauti- ful room, which was the spare room, and in the night some time he got powerful thirsty and clumb out on to the porch-roof and slid down a stanchion and traded his new coat for a jug of forty-rod, and clumb back again and had a good old time; and towards daylight he crawled out again, drunk as a fiddler, and rolled off the porch and broke his left arm in two places, and was most froze to death when somebody found him after sun-up.