sober up

phrasal verb

sobered up; sobering up; sobers up
: to become sober or less drunk or to make (a drunk person) sober or less drunk
You need to sober up before you go.
I tried to sober her up.
I have to sober myself up.

Examples of sober up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the end of the show, and the making of the album, Reg sobers up, finds serenity, and falls in love with someone else. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 17 June 2024 As Vice’s investors have sobered up, BuzzFeed has sought philanthropic investment and announced plans to cut 15 percent of its work force; meanwhile, one of the company’s founders and its CEO, Jonah Peretti, has proposed merging with a number of competing digital media outlets. Jacob Weisberg, Foreign Affairs, 12 Aug. 2019 Video shows vultures being released after sobering up Video footage shared by the center showed the two vultures hopping and flying off the minute they were released into the open. USA TODAY, 17 Apr. 2024 Many younger Americans are also skipping booze, weakening demand for customers looking to sober up with a meal after a night of bar-hopping. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 6 Apr. 2024 The luxury industry is slowing as shoppers sober up after their pandemic spending spree. Carol Ryan, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2023 Deputy Terrence Wenger, 31, and volunteer chaplain Bruce Bryan, a 39-year-old in the car on a ride-along, took Pettis home to sober up. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 21 Sep. 2023 In the interim, Felker sobered up, reconciled with his wife, welcomed two children, and put in some time working cattle on a friend’s Texas ranch. Jon Freeman, Spin, 24 Aug. 2023 The best time to sober up was yesterday; the second-best time is now. The Editors, National Review, 3 Aug. 2023

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“Sober up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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