One over the eight

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One over the eight: One drink too many. Slightly intoxicated, the presumption being that an average, moderate man can safely drink eight glasses of beer – e.g., "You look as though you had one over the eight last night." A common phrase also used after the war.[1]

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  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.87.

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