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screeching drunk

slang Extremely drunk. Our son came back to the house with two of his friends, and they were all obviously screeching drunk, making a huge ruckus downstairs before finally settling down for the night. I had told myself I wouldn't get screeching drunk on my birthday, but people kept buying me drinks all night.
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screeching (drunk)

Sl. intoxicated; very drunk. How can anybody be so screeching drunk on four beers? She's not just drunk; she's screeching.
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screeching (drunk)

mod. alcohol intoxicated; very drunk. How can anybody be so screeching drunk on four beers?
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come to a grinding/screeching halt

Stop suddenly. Referring to the noise made by gears or brakes during a sudden stop, these phrases date from the second half of the 1900s. The National Observer of December 4, 1976, had: “A lot of that stuff is going to come to a screeching halt quickly, and we’re not going to do the screeching.” It is also put as grind to a halt.
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More than 50 passengers were injured on Friday when the Air Transat plane hit the runway and screeched to a halt after gliding without engines for 18 minutes.
Lana bumped into Ersk and screeched, "Hey, watch it, you overgrown dumpling!" That alerted Dr.
Theoretically, if Earth called a sudden time-out and screeched to a halt, our atmosphere would still zoom at its usual rotational pace of 1,770 kilometers (1,100 miles) per hour at the equator.
Outer Mongolia or sumfink?" Stacey screeched into her voicemail in her 985th message of the day, "I really need to speak to ya."
Offices emptied of their male staff as a succession of models showed off the gel- filled cleavage enhancers and traffic screeched to a halt.
Beeb bosses won't be amused to hear that Jessie - who plays man-eater Kat Slater - screeched at guests and told all exactly what she thought of her "c**p" former co-star Jack Ryder.
Safety chiefs are probing how the trains - both packed with commuters - screeched to a halt barely a coach-length apart as they neared a busy rail junction.