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    to get curled

    Hello, teachers.
    Would you tell me what "curled" means in the following passage?

    "You were very drunk, you know. You sang questionable songs and beat on the table and told jokes that had no point and spilled three drinks."
    "That's me," Doan agreed. "That's your old pal, Drunken Doan, when he gets curled."

    I know that to "get curled" means to "get drawn into a ball", but here it seems to mean something else. I appreciate any comments and suggestions. Thanks!!

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    Re: to get curled

    Hi

    Given the context, it seems get curled means get drunk, but I have never heard the expression before.


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    Re: to get curled

    Soup:

    Here's the whole story.
    Audiobooks Blog Archive The Mouse in the Mountain - Chapter 10

    You find this dialogue at the end of the first third.

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    Re: to get curled

    Snowcake, thanks for the link. The context that it's taken from isn't present day English, is it? I have no idea what 'get curled' actually means or where it came from; but, I still feel that it might be a euphemism for 'get drunk'.


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    Re: to get curled

    Thank you, Soup, for your comment.
    I suspected that it means to get drunk, but I could not find that kind of meaning in any dictionary.
    Thanks again.


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    Re: to get curled

    The author was a pulp fiction writer in the 1940s and 1950s, so it is distinctly out of date slang!

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    Re: to get curled

    It's not any worse than:

    get smashed
    get high
    get looped
    get out of it
    get sloshed
    get blasted

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