be/have one over the eight
be one over (the) eight
To be thoroughly inebriated. Primarily heard in UK. I think someone should drive Jerry home, he's one over the eight. I guess I was making something of a show of myself, but I was having too much fun to realise that I was one over eight.
have one over (the) eight
To have enough alcoholic drinks to be thoroughly inebriated. Primarily heard in UK. I was composed and in control of myself for most of the evening, but somewhere around midnight, I had one over the eight and started making a show of myself. It seems like Jenny makes a point of having one over eight every time she goes out on the weekend.
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be/have one over the ˈeight(informal) be slightly drunk: From the way he was walking it was obvious he’d had one over the eight.This may come from a belief that a normal person could only drink eight glasses of beer without becoming drunk.
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