doped to the gills

doped to the gills

Thoroughly intoxicated by drugs, especially those prescribed by a doctor, to the point of incoherence or senselessness. I was doped to the gills for about two weeks after my surgery. I'm off the painkillers now, but I still feel pretty out of it.
See also: dope, gill
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* "Tommy," scripted by Billy Ivory, is a biopic about British cycling hero Tommy Simpson, who died in the saddle on the 1967 Tour de France while doped to the gills.
ON A RECENT AFTERNOON in one of San Francisco's hilliest neighborhoods, I experienced what it must be like to be a world-class cyclist doped to the gills on high-oxygen blood and testosterone.