Tight = drunk

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 1 18:33:07 UTC 2007

I've known "tight" for "drunk" as well as "tight [i.e. filled to
bursting with its host's blood]  as a tick" for "drunk as a skunk"
since childhood - early '40's - and I'm a native of a dry county in
East Texas. Maybe this is dying out and younger people don't learn it.


On 5/1/07, Your Name <ROSESKES at aol.com> wrote:
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> A friend in Texas says she has never heard "tight" used as a euphemism for
> "drunk."  Here in upstate NY it's quite common.  Is the expression  really that
> regional?
> Rosemarie
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