been at the wine

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KennyHun

Senior Member
Hungarian
Hi everyone,

I saw someone write "He's been at the wine." on a message board. Not sure if it was written by a non-native or whether this is an idiomatic way of saying "He's been drinking wine [and saying silly things as a result]." Could you confirm which one it is? Google hasn't been particularly helpful, either.

Thanks in advance. :)
 
  • Barque

    Banned
    Tamil
    whether this is an idiomatic way of saying "He's been drinking wine [and saying silly things as a result]."
    This one. He's been drinking and it shows. "Wine" here means alcoholic drink, not specifically wine. You might also hear "booze" or "drink" in place of "wine".
     

    DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    Yes, it suggests to me that he was a bit drunk when he said or wrote whatever it was that prompted the comment. :)
     
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