tired and emotional


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tired and emotional

A semi-polite or humorous euphemism for drunkenness. Primarily heard in UK. I might be mistaken, but Sean's father looked a bit tired and emotional at the picnic, didn't he? You must excuse me, I'm a bit tired and emotional just now. I think I'd best be going home.
See also: and, emotional, tired

tired and emotional

drunk.
This is a humorous euphemism, used originally in newspapers in contexts where the word drunk would lay the publication open to a libel charge. It is particularly associated with the British satirical magazine Private Eye.
See also: and, emotional, tired
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I wanted to go, but was judged to be too tired and emotional. And inebriated (I'd been to the bar a couple of times).
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But a few tipples too many left her looking tired and emotional.
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An RTE statement read: "We are pleased to announce Eamon Dunphy will resume his work and we are happy to accept his apology for the incident that led to his suspension." Dunphy, 56, was suspended three weeks ago after turning up "tired and emotional".
By the end of the night the partying had clearly taken its toll as Paula looked tired and emotional.