barrel fever


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barrel fever

1. slang A hangover. Well, if you don't remember last night at the bar at all, I'm not surprised you have barrel fever today!
2. slang The state of being intoxicated or drunk. Well, I must have had barrel fever last night if I got up and did karaoke at the bar!
3. slang A case of delirium tremens (a state of physical distress due to alcohol withdrawal, especially after chronic or heavy use). If Pop just stops drinking without being monitored by doctors, he might develop barrel fever.
See also: barrel, fever

barrel fever

1. n. drunkenness. She seems to get barrel fever about once a week.
2. n. a hangover. Man, have I ever got barrel fever.
3. n. the delirium tremens. The old man is down with barrel fever again.
See also: barrel, fever
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In the opening story of David Sedaris's Barrel Fever, "Parade," the narrator tells a story that involves him and various famous people that he not only knows but also had intimate relationships with.
David Sedaris is the author of the books Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When YouAre Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me TalkPretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International's This AmericanLife.
A similar problem is raised throughout the book every time Kopelson reads the stories (that is, the fictional short stories from Sedaris's first book, Barrel Fever) for autobiographical insight.
Heard writes that he fact-checked four of Sedaris' books: 1994's "Barrel Fever," 1997's "Naked," 2000's "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and 2004's "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim."
These stories are wrapped in the same mordant humor that makes this book (and its predecessor, Barrel Fever, which was the basis for 1996's popular off-Broadway holiday play The SantaLand Diaries) so frantically funny.