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    What is the meaning of the expression "in the cups"--i.e. the soldiers were already "in the cups"?

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    Drunk. Intoxicated.
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    Drunk. Intoxicated.

    Agreed, but in the UK we'd usually say, "...in their cups."

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    Agreed, but in the UK we'd usually say, "...in their cups."
    This book is set in Revolutionary America, so I would take the author's usage in this context.

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    On a quasi-related note, how is that war referred to in the UK?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    On a quasi-related note, how is that war referred to in the UK?
    The American Revolution [ in which the settlers, many of whom still supported the rule of Britain, but others influenced by events in Europe decided to revolt against British taxation without proper representation in Parliament]. My collateral ancestors lost everything and ended in Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    On a quasi-related note, how is that war referred to in the UK?

    We also refer to it as The American War of Independence.

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