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(as) drunk as a lord

Very intoxicated from alcohol. Do you remember last night at all? You were as drunk as a lord! I only meant to stay for one drink, but I wound up getting drunk as a lord.
See also: drunk, lord

(as) drunk as a skunk

Extremely intoxicated from alcohol. Do you remember last night at all? You were as drunk as a skunk! I only meant to stay for one drink, but I wound up getting drunk as a skunk.
See also: drunk, skunk

Let every man skin his own skunk.

proverb Each person should be responsible for their own business, especially that which is unfavorable, undesirable, or unpleasant. It's not your responsibility to help your friend out of his debt—let every man skin his own skunk.
See also: every, let, man, own, skin

like stink on a monkey/skunk/pig/etc.

Vigorously or intensely. When information about the president's scandalous affair was leaked, every news outlet in the nation was on it like stink on a monkey. My little brother's been following me around like stink on a pig lately.
See also: like, monkey, on, pig, skunk, stink

skunk at a garden party

Someone or something that is unwelcome or unpleasant. Running into my ex at that important networking event was like encountering a skunk at a garden party.
See also: garden, party, skunk


slang Extremely drunk. We were all too skunk-drunk to notice that Jackson had left the party. Tom was so skunk-drunk by the end of the night that he could barely even speak.
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*drunk as a lord

 and *drunk as a skunk
very drunk. (*Also: as ~.) After his fifth cocktail, Michael was as drunk as a lord. Judy bought herself a case of beer and proceeded to get as drunk as a skunk.
See also: drunk, lord

Let every man skin his own skunk.

Prov. Everyone should do his own job and not interfere with others.; Each person should do his own dirty work. We weren't supposed to help each other with the homework. "Let every man skin his own skunk," the teacher said.
See also: every, let, man, own, skin, skunk
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

drunk as a lord

Also, drunk as a fiddler or skunk ; falling-down or roaring drunk . Extremely intoxicated, as in He came home drunk as a lord. The three similes have survived numerous others. The first was considered proverbial by the mid-1600s and presumably alludes to the fact that noblemen drank more than commoners (because they could afford to). The fiddler alludes to the practice of plying musicians with alcohol (sometimes instead of pay), whereas skunk, dating from the early 1900s, was undoubtedly chosen for the rhyme. The most graphic variant alludes to someone too drunk to keep his or her balance, as in He couldn't make it up the stairs; be was falling-down drunk. And roaring drunk, alluding to being extremely noisy as well as intoxicated, was first recorded in 1697. Also see dead drunk.
See also: drunk, lord
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.

drunk as a skunk


drunk as a lord

If someone is as drunk as a skunk or as drunk as a lord, they are very drunk. I'm sorry, honey. It was my fault. I was drunk as a skunk. She was drunk as a lord for seventeen days. She could do nothing.
See also: drunk, skunk
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

drunk as a lord (or skunk)

extremely drunk.
See also: drunk, lord
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(as) drunk as a ˈlord

(British English) (American English (as) drunk as a ˈskunk) (informal) very drunk: I eventually found them in a bar, both as drunk as skunks. OPPOSITE: (as) sober as a judge
See also: drunk, lord
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1. n. a mean and hateful person. (see also polecat, stinker.) Must you be such a skunk in front of my friends?
2. tv. to outwit someone. That fish skunked me. I thought I caught him for sure this time.


mod. alcohol intoxicated. He was skunk-drunk and didn’t want to be bothered.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

drunk as a lord/skunk

Extremely intoxicated. The first expression, known since the seventeenth century and considered a proverb by 1651 (“The proverb goes ‘As drunk as a lord,’ ” John Evelyn, A Character of England), is based on the idea that the aristocracy could and did indulge in drunkenness more than commoners did, presumably because they could afford to. The more recent drunk as a skunk, American in origin, undoubtedly became popular on account of its rhyme; it dates from the early 1900s. Both clichés have survived the demise of numerous other similes, among them drunk as an ape (from Chaucer’s time), tinker, fish, goat, owl, emperor, piper, fiddler (because he was plied with alcohol at wakes, fairs, and similar feasts), swine or pig, devil, beggar, blazes, David’s sow (based on an ancient anecdote explained in Francis Grose’s Classical Dictionary, and current from the seventeenth century), and others. See also drink like a fish; tight as a tick.
See also: drunk, lord, skunk
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer

drunk as a lord

Extremely drunk. Members of the nobility could afford to keep quantities of wine, beer, and liquor on hand, and as much out of envy as stating a fact, the common folk described anyone, titled or not, who had a load on by that phrase. In these more egalitarian times, “drunk as a skunk” and, less elegantly, “shit-faced drunk” have replaced “drunk as a lord.”
See also: drunk, lord
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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