one over (the) eight

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one over (the) eight

Primarily heard in UK.
1. adjective Thoroughly inebriated. I think someone should drive Jerry home, he's one over the eight. I guess I was making something of a show of myself, but I was having too much fun to realise that I was one over eight.
2. noun The final alcoholic drink that pushes a person from mild or safe intoxication to being very drunk. I was composed and in control of myself for most of the evening, but somewhere around midnight, I had one over the eight and started making a show of myself. It seems like Jenny makes a point of having one over eight every time she goes out on the weekend.
See also: eight, one, over
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one over the eight

slightly drunk. British informal
The idea behind this idiom is that a drinker can reasonably be expected to consume eight glasses of beer without becoming drunk. The expression was originally armed forces' slang from the early 20th century.
See also: eight, one, over
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