half under

half under

slang Drunk, mildly drunk, or nearly drunk. Sorry I didn't call you last night—I had some wine, got half under, and fell asleep.
See also: half

half-under

1. Partially unconscious, typically in reference to the effects of anesthesia. (The word "under" is commonly used to indicate that someone has been rendered unconscious by anesthesia.) I'm terrified that I'll only be half-under and will feel everything the surgeon is doing.
2. slang Drunk, mildly drunk, or nearly drunk. Sorry I didn't call you last night—I had some wine, got half-under, and fell asleep.

half under

 
1. Lit. semiconscious. I was half under and could hear what the doctor was saying. I was afraid they would start cutting while I was only half under.
2. Fig. Inf. to be intoxicated; to be tipsy. He was half under and could barely stand up. Only four beers and she was half under.
See also: half