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hammered

adjective;
Intoxicated through excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, often resulting in impaired memory and general loss of coherent thought. Apparent Meaning: Intoxication with alcoholic beverages to the point of lost conscious thought or memory. Possible Reason Used: The noun HAMMER, which typically refers to a top-heavy tool used to drive a nail by means of pounding, is used metaphorically. The metaphorical interpretation suggests the image of a hammer hitting someone on the head, rendering the individual dazed and perplexed after of the forceful impact. This sensation is credited to the effect of excessive alcohol consumption, which may result in loss of coherent thought and impaired memory of actions performed during state of intoxication. College students often find creative slang metaphors for describing various degrees of drunkenness. HAMMERED seems to suggest a fairly high level of alcohol intoxication.
 
I can't remember anything from that night I got completely hammered.
Etymology : slang metaphor of verb HAMMER; noun HAMMER From Middle English hamer, from Old English hamor. hammer + -ed adj
Source : Rice student referring to experience at a party
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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