Tight = drunk (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Wed May 2 21:49:17 UTC 2007

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> >
> >"Tight as Dick's hatband"?! Whoa! Far out, man! That's one
> of my mother's very favorite catch-phrases. I had no idea
> that it had anything to do with drunkeness till this moment.
> She used it only to describe something that was liiterally
> tight: "The skirt that that young gal had on was as tight as
> Dick's hatband!"

A review of a dozen cites from Newsbank's America's Newspapers agrees
with Wilson.  It doesn't specifically mean drunken (anymore); if
anything, it mostly means "miserly", but also means tight like Wilson's
Mom meant.
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