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a sobering thought

A thought or idea which is dispiriting, depressing, or traumatic. It's a sobering thought when you consider how many people go without clean water every day.
See also: sober, thought

*sober as a judge

 
1. Cliché very formal, somber, or stuffy. (*Also: as ~.) You certainly look gloomy, Bill. You're sober as a judge. Tom's as sober as a judge. I think he's angry.
2. Cliché not drunk; alert and completely sober. (*Also: as ~.) John's drunk? No, he's as sober as a judge. You should be sober as a judge when you drive a car.
See also: judge, sober

sober someone up

 
1. Lit. to take actions that will cause a drunken person to become sober. some coffee ought to sober him up. He tried to sober himself up because he had to drive home. They tried to sober up the guys who had been out all night.
2. Fig. to cause someone to face reality. The harsh reality of what had happened sobered him up immediately. The arrival of the police sobered up all the revelers.
See also: sober, up

sober up

to recover from alcohol or drug intoxication. Barlowe had one hour to sober up and get to the station. It took him a while to sober up.
See also: sober, up

stone(–cold) sober

 and cold sober
absolutely sober. I am stone-cold sober, or I will be by morning anyway. I found the secret to waking up cold sober. Don't drink.
See also: sober, stone

be as sober as a judge

to not be at all drunk It's awful when everyone else around you has been drinking and you're as sober as a judge.
See also: judge, sober

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.
See also: judge, sober

sober up

v.
1. To have one's feeling of intoxication subside: I waited until I had sobered up and then drove home.
2. To cause someone's feeling of intoxication to subside: The jailer grabbed a pail of water and a cup of coffee to sober up the drunk. That nap really sobered me up, but I still have a hangover.
3. To overcome an alcohol or drug addiction: It wasn't until I had sobered up that I was able hold a steady job.
4. To become serious, grave, or solemn: Everyone sobered up and felt ashamed when they heard the bad news.
5. To make someone or something serious, grave, or solemn: The news of the disaster sobered them up. The accident sobered up the workers, reminding them how dangerous their job was.
See also: sober, up

(as) sober as a judge

mod. as sober (free from alcohol) as it is possible to be. Kelly—who was starched as could be—claimed to be sober as a judge.
See also: judge, sober

sober as a judge

verb
See also: judge, sober

cold sober

mod. sober; completely sober. (see also sold cober.) He had a fine head on and wanted more than anything to be cold sober and alert.
See also: cold, sober

sober up

in. to recover from alcohol or drug intoxication. Marlowe had one hour to sober up and get to the station.
See also: sober, up

stone (cold) sober

mod. absolutely sober. I am stone cold sober, or I will be by morning anyway.
See also: cold, sober, stone

stone sober

verb
See also: sober, stone
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The Former West Indies all-rounder first met a teenage Cook at the Sir Garry Sobers International Schools Cricket Tournament.
Sobers used his foreword to overcome the notion held in Australia that Warne was cricket's greatest slow bowler.
Glamorgan's 23-year-old left arm seamer Malcolm Nash bowled the deliveries which Sobers dispatched to all corners of the ground and beyond.
As for the Aussies - as soon as one lot retire, in come more world-class players," Sobers told The Sun in an interview here.
Widely regarded as one of cricket's greatest all-rounders, Sobers admitted he has always tried to downplay that tag.
1,200 spectators to West View Rise The Section A match was 45 overs per side in those days and Paddock were all out for 150 with Sobers scoring 62 and Gilchrist bowling unchanged at the club end to take seven for 59.
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Richie Benaud, Mike Procter and Tony Cozier, who have had the privilege of watching Sobers - Benaud as an opposing captain, Procter as a county opponent and Rest of the World teammate, and Cozier as a veteran broadcaster, are unanimous about placing Sobers ahead of Kallis.
ON AUGUST 31, 1968, swashbuckling West Indies cricket hero Garfield "Garry" Sobers made sporting history by scoring six sixes in one over at Swansea's seafront St Helen's Ground.
Sethi, who collects memorabilia, emerged as the highest bidder in an auction for an all-legends photograph of Sobers, Viv Richards, Brian Lara and Sunil Gavaskar, signed in golden ink.
TAKING all-rounders as the measure of greatness, two knights of the realm - Sir Ian Botham and Sir Garfield Sobers - fly the flag for cricket.
THE BHA finally drew a line under the Sobers saga yesterday when the disciplinary panel upheld Richard Guest's appeal against his pounds 3,000 fine after the horse finished fourth at Ayr in March 2006, writes Graham Green.
West Indian cricket legend Sir Gary Sobers was showing his considerable talents as a golfer at the Coventry Gold Club in Finham Park through a West Midlands firm's links with the Caribbean island of Barbados.
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