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    out of the rafters

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    I'd be swinging out of the rafters. I could drink a lot of it and it didn't seem to make me drunk.

    --- I suppose that "swinging" means "drink from", but what about "rafters"?

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    Re: out of the rafters

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    I'd be swinging out of the rafters. I could drink a lot of it and it didn't seem to make me drunk.

    --- I suppose that "swinging" means "drink from", but what about "rafters"?
    You're thinking of "swiGging'. We need more context to know for sure (he might be a boxer - which would make 'swinging' mean 'taking a swing'). Rafters are the wooden beams that hold up a roof. 'Swinging from the rafters' means hanging/dangling/perhaps appearing suddenly on the end of a rope... - depending on what the rest of the paragraph says.

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    Re: out of the rafters

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    I suppose that "swinging" means "drink from", but what about "rafters"?
    Seems like incoherent gibberish. I am just groping in the dark.
    Swinging = drinking? No, it would be:
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

    Swing out means to wiggle your body or squirm it out of sg.
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

    rafter:
    One of the sloping beams that supports a pitched roof.

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    Re: out of the rafters

    OK, there was one guy who said that he liked drinking whisky because it didn't make him sleepy and he usually hung out in some clubs.
    He said: I'd be swinging out of the rafters. I could drink a lot of it and it didn't seem to make me drunk but I was thumping the odd punter, so I put that away.

    So ,does that phrase mean that he grabbed something and started to beat someone with it???


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    Re: out of the rafters

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    OK, there was one guy who said that he liked drinking whisky because it didn't make him sleepy and he usually hung out in some clubs.
    He said: I'd be swinging out of the rafters. I could drink a lot of it and it didn't seem to make me drunk but I was thumping the odd punter, so I put that away.

    So ,does that phrase mean that he grabbed something and started to beat someone with it???

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    Re: out of the rafters

    I know I went too far with my interpretation, but I'm still not 100% sure what it means.
    I also found the term packed to the rafters, but it's not relevant here, I guess.
    Rafters associate me with beams, so I thought he grabbed one and swung it.
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    Re: out of the rafters

    The "swinging" here is not a direct euphemism for "drunk".

    The full phrase is "swinging out of the rafters". Or "swinging from the rafters". Think of a monkey, or a madman, jumping up and starting to swing from the roofbeams. That's how much you could drink: but anyone else would completely lose their senses.

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    Re: out of the rafters

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    The "swinging" here is not a direct euphemism for "drunk".

    The full phrase is "swinging out of the rafters". Or "swinging from the rafters". Think of a monkey, or a madman, jumping up and starting to swing from the roofbeams. That's how much you could drink: but anyone else would completely lose their senses.

    I see. so it was all about going mad. Thanks.

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