bit by a barn mouse

bit by a barn mouse

obsolete Drunk or tipsy. (Barley, the primary ingredient for most beer, would have been kept in a barn, making it potential fodder for barn mice.) I had my suspicions that the farmhands may have all been bit by a barn mouse, judging by their slurred speech and languid demeanor.
See also: barn, bit, by, mouse
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