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Beastly Drunk


It was an ancient notion that men in their cups exhibited the vicious qualities of beasts. Nash describes seven kinds of drunkards:—(1) The Ape-drunk, who leaps and sings; (2) The Lion-drunk, who is quarrelsome; (3) The Swine-drunk, who is sleepy and puking; (4) The Sheep-drunk, wise in his own conceit, but unable to speak, (5) The Martin-drunk, who drinks himself sober again; (6) The Goat-drunk, who is lascivious; and (7) The Fox-drunk, who is crafty, like a Dutchman in his cups. [See Maudlin.]

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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