bit by... phr.
drunk; in combs. below.
|Eighth Liberal Science n.p.: No man must call a Good-fellow Drunkard [...] But if at any time they spie that defect in another, they may without any forfeit or just exceptions taken, say, He is Foxt, He is Flaw’d, He is Fluster’d, He is Suttle, Cupshot, Cut in the Leg or Back, He hath seen the French King, He hath swallowed an Hair or a Taven-Token, he hath whipt the Cat, He hath been at the Scriveners and learned to make Indentures, He hath bit his Grannam, or is bit by a Barn Weasel.|
|Canting Academy (2nd edn) n.p.: No man ought to call a Good-fellow a Drunkard; but [...] he may without a forfeit say he [...] is bit by a barn Weesel, &c.|
|‘The Art of Drinking’ in Wit’s Cabinet 138: He has been bit by a Barn-weasel.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Barn Mouse bit by a Barn Mouse. Tipsey probably an allusion to Barley.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.: Bit by a barn mouse, tipsey, probably from an allusion to barley.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|True Drunkard’s Delight 225: Our tippler [...] has been bit by a barnmouse.|
|McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon (2001) 78: He’s certainly under the influence [...] I reckon he was bit by the brewer’s dog.|
|A Trick to Catch the Old One IV v: Faith, the same man still; the tavern bitch has bit him i’ th’ head.|