up the pole adj.1
1. [late 19C–1900s] (US) teetotal.
2. [late 19C–1920s] (also up the poll) drunk; thus half up the pole adj., tipsy.
3. [late 19C+] wrong, in error, in trouble, facing difficulties.
4. [late 19C+] insane, eccentric.
5. [1910s] bankrupt.
[late 19C–1900s] to be approaching drunkenness.