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under the influence

Intoxicated. A shortening of "under the influence of alcohol (or drugs)." The police pulled him over for driving under the influence.
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under the influence (of alcohol)

Euph. drunk; nearly drunk; affected by alcohol. She behaves quite rudely when under the influence of alcohol. Ed was stopped by a police officer for driving while under the influence.
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under the influence

Impaired functioning owing to alcohol consumption, as in He was accused of driving under the influence. This expression, from legal jargon, is short for under the influence of intoxicating liquor and implies that one is not completely drunk. Since it is nearly always applied to drivers suspected or so accused, it has given rise to the police acronym DUI, for "driving under the influence." [Second half of 1800s]
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under the influence

affected by alcoholic drink, especially beyond the legal limits for driving a vehicle; drunk. informal
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under the ˈinfluence

(used of somebody driving a car) having had too much alcohol to drink: She was fined £500 for driving under the influence.
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under the influence

Intoxicated, especially with alcohol.
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