Brick In One's Hat Meaning
(US, obsolete, idiomatic) drunkenness.
Example: 1846, â€œMagnelia Pedestria; or, Leaves from a Pedestrianâ€™s Note Bookâ€, The Yale Literary Magazine, v. 12, November, 1846, p. 33:
Seated at the same table with our Mr.â€”, was a gentleman, who, to use the current phrase, â€˜had a brick in his hat.â€™
1849, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Kavanagh, p. 177â€“178:
Her husband had taken to the tavern, and often came home very late, â€œwith a brick in his hat,â€ as Sally expressed it.