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be doped to the gills

To be 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, to

be green about the gills

To be nauseated. After all that drinking last night, I sure am green about the gills today. The steady rocking of the boat caused Colleen to be green about the gills.
See also: gill, green

be green around the gills

To be nauseated. After all that drinking last night, I sure am green around the gills today. The steady rocking of the boat caused Colleen to be green around the gills.
See also: around, gill, green

be sloshed to the gills

To be thoroughly inebriated; to be drunk to the point of incoherence, senselessness, or the loss of self-control. I hate being in New Orleans during Mardi Gras—an appalling number of people are sloshed to the gills!
See also: gill, sloshed, to

be stuffed to the gills

To be completely full or teeming; to have no room to spare. I've got so many meetings and deadlines these days that my schedule is stuffed to the gills! Her mind was stuffed to the gills with ideas for her new book.
See also: gill, stuff, to

blue around the gills

1. Nauseated. After all that drinking last night, I sure am blue around the gills today. The steady rocking of the boat caused Colleen to be blue around the gills.
2. Drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really blue around the gills!
See also: around, blue, gill

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, to

fed to the gills

Irritated, exasperated, bored, or disgusted with someone or something. I'm getting really fed to the gills listening to all your complaining! My wife is fed to the gills with our car, but we just can't afford a new one.
See also: fed, gill, to

fishy about the gills

Hung-over. A: "How are you feeling after your night of partying?" B: "Ugh, fishy about the gills—I've been throwing up all morning!"
See also: fishy, gill

fried to the gills

old-fashioned slang Extremely drunk. Whenever she goes for a night out with her friends, she always comes back fried to the gills. Good luck explaining that to him. You can't talk a lick of sense to Barry when he's fried to the gills like that.
See also: fried, gill, to

full to the gills

Completely full; teeming; having no room to spare. I've got so many meetings and deadlines these days that my schedule is full to the gills! Her mind was full to the gills with ideas for her new book. I felt full to the gills after my grandmother's Thanksgiving meal.
See also: full, gill, to

green about the gills

Nauseated. After all that drinking last night, I sure am green about the gills today. The steady rocking of the boat caused Colleen to be green about the gills.
See also: gill, green

green around the gills

Nauseated. After all that drinking last night, I sure am green around the gills today. The steady rocking of the boat caused Colleen to be green around the gills.
See also: around, gill, green

loaded to the gills

1. Completely full; teeming; having no room to spare. I've got so many meetings and deadlines these days that my schedule is loaded to the gills! Her mind was loaded to the gills with ideas for her new book. My stomach felt loaded to the gills after my grandmother's Thanksgiving meal.
2. Thoroughly intoxicated with drugs or alcohol, especially to the point of incoherence, senselessness, or the loss of self-control. I hate being in New Orleans during Mardi Gras—everyone just getting loaded to the gills for a week solid. I was loaded to the gills with painkillers for about two weeks after my surgery. I'm off the meds now, but I still feel pretty out of it.
See also: gill, loaded, to

packed to the gills

Completely full; teeming; having no room to spare. I've got so many meetings and deadlines these days that my schedule is packed to the gills! Her mind was packed to the gills with ideas for her new book. I felt packed to the gills after my grandmother's Thanksgiving meal.
See also: gill, packed, to

pale around the gills

Exceptionally pale, as due to nausea or fear. I get terrible motion sickness, so I'm sure I was a little pale around the gills when I stumbled off the plane. She was really pale around the gills after that car nearly ran into her on the sidewalk.
See also: around, gill, pale

sloshed to the gills

Thoroughly inebriated; drunk to the point of incoherence, senselessness, or the loss of self-control. I hate being in New Orleans during Mardi Gras—an appalling number of people are sloshed to the gills!
See also: gill, sloshed, to

stewed to the gills

old-fashioned slang Extremely drunk. Whenever she goes for a night out with her friends, she always comes back stewed to the gills. Good luck explaining that to him. You can't talk a lick of sense to Barry when he's stewed to the gills like that.
See also: gill, stewed, to

stuffed to the gills

Completely full; teeming; having no room to spare. I've got so many meetings and deadlines these days that my schedule is stuffed to the gills! Her mind was stuffed to the gills with ideas for her new book. I felt stuffed to the gills after my grandmother's Thanksgiving meal.
See also: gill, stuff, to

to the gills

Completely, utterly, or thoroughly. 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. I've got so many meetings and deadlines these days that my schedule is packed to the gills! We left the all-you-can-eat buffet full to the gills.
See also: gill, to

up to the gills

Drunk. Boy, you were really up to the gills last night—how hungover do you feel this morning? You're up to the gills, stumbling in here reeking of alcohol!
See also: gill, to, up

white around the gills

Pale, typically due to nausea or fear. I get terrible motion sickness, so I'm sure I was a little white around the gills when I stumbled off the plane. I was white around the gills for a while after my brother jumped out of the closet and scared me.
See also: around, gill, white
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

loaded to the gills

 and loaded to the barrel
Sl. intoxicated. He's loaded to the gills. Man, he's loaded to the barrel and fighting mad.
See also: gill, loaded, to

pale around the gills

 and blue around the gills; green around the gills
Fig. looking sick. (The around can be replaced with about.) John is looking a little pale around the gills. What's wrong? Oh, I feel a little green about the gills.
See also: around, gill, pale
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fed to the gills

Also, fed to the teeth; fed up. Disgusted, unable or unwilling to put up with something. For example, I'm fed to the gills with these delays (the gills here is slang for "mouth"), or He was fed to the teeth with her excuses, or I'm fed up-let's leave right now. Of these colloquial expressions, fed up, alluding to being overfull from having overeaten, dates from about 1900, and the others from the first half of the 1900s. Also see up to one's ears.
See also: fed, gill, to

green about the gills

Also, green around the gills. Looking ill or nauseated, as in After that bumpy ride she looked quite green about the gills. The use of green to describe an ailing person's complexion dates from about 1300, and gills has referred to the flesh around human jaws and ears since the 1600s. Although in the 1800s white and yellow were paired with gills to suggest illness, the alliterative green has survived them.
See also: gill, green
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

green around the gills

If someone looks green around the gills, they look ill, as if they are going to vomit. Kenny stumbled out from the washroom looking rather green around the gills. Note: The gills of a fish are the organs it uses to breathe instead of lungs. This is being used as a humorous term for the mouth.
See also: around, gill, green
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

green about (or around or at) the gills

looking or feeling ill or nauseous. informal
A person's gills are the fleshy parts between the jaw and the ears: this sense of the word dates from the early 17th century. Other colours are occasionally used to indicate a sickly appearance; much less common is rosy about the gills indicating good health.
See also: gill, green
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

to the ˈgills

(informal) completely full: I was stuffed to the gills with chocolate cake.
Gills are the openings on the side of a fish’s head that it breathes through.
See also: gill, to

ˌgreen about the ˈgills

(informal) looking or feeling as if you are going to be sick, especially at sea; seasick: You look a bit green about the gills. Go up on deck and get some fresh air.
Gills are the openings on the side of a fish’s head that it breathes through.
See also: gill, green
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

blue around the gills

and green around the gills
1. mod. ill; nauseated. How about a little air? I feel a little green around the gills.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. Marty—now thoroughly green around the gills—slid neatly under the table, and everyone pretended not to notice.
See also: around, blue, gill

green around the gills

verb
See also: around, gill, green

loaded to the gills

and loaded to the barrel
mod. alcohol intoxicated. He’s loaded to the gills. Couldn’t see a hole in a ladder. Those guys are loaded to the barrel and are getting mean.
See also: gill, loaded, to

stewed to the gills

and stewed to the ears
mod. alcohol intoxicated. When I get stewed to the gills, I usually fall asleep, right then and there. Here’s old Charlie—stewed to the ears, as always.
See also: gill, stewed, to
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

to the gills

Informal
As full as possible; completely.
See also: gill, to
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

fed to the gills

Thoroughly disgusted. This American version of the earlier British fed to the (back) teeth and fed (up) to the eyelids is based on the slang meaning of gills for the human mouth.
See also: fed, gill, to

green around the gills

Looking ill; sick to one’s stomach. A green complexion has signified illness since about 1300, and “rosy about the gills” has meant being in good health since the late seventeenth century. Sir Francis Bacon used red about the gills to signify anger (1626), whereas in the nineteenth century white and yellow about the gills meant looking ill. However, green won out and survives in the present-day cliché.
See also: around, gill, green

stewed to the gills

Extremely drunk. The noun gills here has nothing to do with the breathing organs of fish, but rather was slang for a stand-up collar. Consequently to the gills came to mean “up to one’s neck” or “completely,” and in the early 1900s stewed, for soaked in liquor, was added.
See also: gill, stewed, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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In this study, we collected kokanee salmon from Elevenmile Reservoir to identify the species of Salmincola and to evaluate the prevalence and intensity of parasitism by gill lice by age class of fish.
Hamoud Musabeh, a customer, stated that Asian fishmongers tend to place a red material onto the fish gills to make it look fresh and deceive customers.
Jurors heard that wheelchair-bound Gill told his victims he had been an Army doctor but he had no medical qualifications.
Judge Keith Thomas told Gill his actions represented a "gross betrayal of trust" as he jailed him.
Gill's employs around 60 staff and sends around 60,000 holidaymakers away every year.
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This study aim at investigating the spatial distribution of Myxobolus pethericii and Henneguya pethericii on the gills of Ctenopoma petherici.
Water contains some oxygen but not as much as the air, so in order to use their gills to take in oxygen fish open and close their mouths to pump water through their gills.
HUMANS still have a kind of gills, a legacy from our sea-dwelling ancestors, experts believe.
It gets rid of the water by pushing it over its gills and out of its body.