Top-Heavy With Drink Meaning
(idiomatic, rare) drunk
Example: 1893, John Stephen Farmer, Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: Vol. IIIâ€”Fla. to Hyps., p. 278
To have a brick in oneâ€™s hat, verb. phr. (American).â€”To be top-heavy with drink. For synonyms, see Drinks and Screwed.
1910, Avery N. Beebe, â€œEnforced Sobrietyâ€, The World To-day, v. 19, p. 1164:
Imagine yourself about to embark on the New York Limited Express for the eastern metropolis; the train made up of ten Pullman passenger, two baggage and one express cars; with an engineer top-heavy with drink, a conductor braced up to a degree of conviviality, the train-dispatchers along the line overworked and sleepy.
1995, The New Yorker, Dec 11, p. 110:
Her sister, Sadie, on the other hand, is top-heavy with drink, drugs, and a serious overdose of eyeshadow. She has hopes of following â€” or staggering â€” in the footsteps of her sister.
2007, John Chilton, Hot Jazz, Warm Feet, p. 124:
â€¦including the climactic moment at the conclusion of the recording when George stepped forward (in the tradition of La Scala, Milan) to receive a bouquet but fell into the audience and was too top-heavy with drink to get back on-stage.