in your cups

in your cups

while drunk – informal

IN your cups is now used mainly to mean drunk. But in former times the phrase could also mean during a drinking bout. Either could be intended in the passage in the Apocrypha regarding the strength of wine : And when they are in their cups, they forget their love both to friends and brethren and a little after draw out swords (1 Esdras 3 : 22).

1948 - Vladimir Nabokov - Letter - I have received your letter and can only excuse its contents by assuming that you were in your cups when you wrote it.


not your cup of tea

not what you like or are interested in - informal

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