Green’s Dictionary of Slang

far gone adj.

1. exhausted, worn out.

[UK]R. Brome City Wit III i: Shee’s very farr gone I feare, how do you find her disease Sir?
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor I 39/2: Our stomachs used to ache with the hunger, and we would cry when we was werry far gone.
[UK]Entr’acte Apr. in Ware (1909) 127/2: Miss Gilchrist, who has now matured into a well-formed young woman, is what I should call a vocal defaulter, her singing being ‘far gone’.
[US]A. Zugsmith Beat Generation 13: She was pretty far gone.
[UK]J. Cameron It Was An Accident 142: We climbed up there some more and I was far gone.

2. (also far along) drunk or otherwise intoxicated.

[UK]‘Conny Keyber’ An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews 49: Parson Williams would be pretty far gone.
[Ire]W. Carleton ‘The Station’ Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry II 295: Our readers must assist us with their own imagination, and suppose the night as well as the guests, to be somewhat far gone.
[UK]Thackeray Pendennis II 43: You didn’t say a word that anybody could comprehend – you were too far gone for that.
[UK]Dickens ‘Slang’ in Household Words 24 Sept. 75/2: For the one word drunk [...] far-gone, tight, not able to see a hole through a ladder, three sheets in the wind [etc.].
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 75/2: As for Joe and myself, we were too far gone to venture an appearance at the hotel.
[Aus]Mercury (Hobart) 23 Apr. 2/5: [from the Stranraer Free Press] [...] far gane [sic], mortal blin’, helpless.
[UK]Kipling ‘Black Jack’ in Soldiers Three (1907) 106: I made feign to be far gone in dhrink.
[UK]A. Morrison Tales of Mean Streets (1983) 36: His mother, influenced by that unwonted quartern of gin the occasion sanctioned, wept dismally over her boy, who was much too far gone to resent it.
[US]Ade Artie (1963) 49: You can guess how far along I was when I did n’t shy at it.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 27 Dec. 14/2: A woman sitting in the bar was far gone, and only smiled a vacant but friendly smile when I spoke to her.
[UK]Kipling ‘The Bonds of Discipline’ in Traffics and Discoveries 69: ‘I can’t open my eyes, or I’ll be sick,’ said the Marine with appalling clearness. ‘I’m pretty far gone.’.
[UK]‘William Juniper’ True Drunkard’s Delight.
[US]J. Webb Fields of Fire (1980) 21: This dude is so far gone he could take a picture of me and still not remember me.
[US]P. Califia Macho Sluts 30: That one looked too far gone for Maybelline or methadone to fix what was wrong with her.
[US]A. Rodriguez Spidertown (1994) 56: You said a girl called. I was too far gone to get the scoop. What happened? When did she call?
[US]J. Stahl Permanent Midnight 269: When the phone rang I was so far gone it took fifteen minutes to remember where it was.

3. mad, eccentric, insane.

[UK]J.E. Ritchie Night Side of London 51: She is too far gone to have any decency left. Drink and sadness combined have tortured her brain to madness.
[US]N. West ‘Miss Lonelyhearts’ in Coll. Works (1975) 269: Some of you, perhaps, consider yourself too far gone for help.
[US]J. Thompson Savage Night (1991) 126: If a guy was that far gone, there wasn’t much use in trying to use him.
[UK]A. Sillitoe ‘The Fishing-Boat Picture’ Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner (1960) 86: I [...] became even too far gone to turn religious or go on the booze.
[US]C. Hiaasen Lucky You 203: The guy’s so far gone, he’d let us yank out his kidneys if we wanted.