Definition of in one's cups in English:

in one's cups

phrase

informal
  • Drunk.

    ‘he became mellow and humorous when in his cups’
    • ‘But this particular night, at the school dance, he was in his cups - half a mickey of gin, to be exact, trying to repair his relationship with the wonderful woman who would soon become his wife and the mother of his three children.’
    • ‘Till the day he left, and no doubt still among the old guys in their cups, the Railway boss was known to all as ‘Call-me-Dave’.’
    • ‘It sounds like a question for law students in their cups, but it actually entered a federal courtroom earlier this year.’
    • ‘And I don't suppose - much as I admit to being overfond of myself and much as I am wont to declaim while in my cups in a way that would lead you to think that my problems are unique in this world - that I'm alone in this.’
    • ‘And I'm not sure I haven't done that, when in my cups.’
    • ‘Last night, in my cups, I remembered the most embarrassing part of my secret teenage past: I used to perform in amateur productions of musicals.’
    • ‘As deep in his cups as he is, the Professor knows he will be clear-headed in the morning.’
    • ‘Later still, when you're neck-deep in your cups, your keen psychic antenna will fully sprout and you'll begin to detect thinly-veiled insolence and secret meanings in nearly everything they say or do.’
    • ‘Plato argued that drink could be a good test of a man's character, and ancient biographers were fascinated by the drinking habits of their subjects, believing that their true nature was revealed in their cups.’
    • ‘After throwing back many pints, they wake up the next morning and find that while in their cups, they seem to have gotten hitched.’
    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin