high as a kite


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*high as a kite

 and *high as the sky 
1. Lit. very high. (*Also: as ~.) The tree grew as high as a kite. Our pet bird got outside and flew up high as the sky.
2. Fig. drunk or drugged. (*Also: as ~.) Bill drank beer until he got as high as a kite. The thieves were high as the sky on drugs.
See also: high, kite

high as a kite

Intoxicated, as by alcohol, as in After three beers she's high as a kite. The adjective high has been used in the sense of "drunk" since the early 1600s; the addition of kite dates from the early 1900s. The phrase is now used of disorientation due to any drug.
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high as a kite

INFORMAL
If someone is as high as a kite, they feel very excited, or they are strongly affected by alcohol or drugs. When I finally finished the course I felt as high as a kite. I felt so strange on the steroid injections. I was as high as a kite some of the time.
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high as a kite

intoxicated with drugs or alcohol. informal
This expression is a play on high meaning ‘lofty’ and its informal sense ‘intoxicated’.
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(as) high as a ˈkite

(informal) in an excited state, especially because of drugs, alcohol, etc: He was as high as a kite when they came to arrest him.
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