What does "take a drop" mean? It's from The Invisible Man

Where'd you be, if he took a drop over and above, and had a fancy to go for you?

  • Hmm can you add more context for those of us that haven't seen/read what you're referring to? May 2, 2022 at 21:32

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to "take a drop" in this context means "to drink some alcohol", and quite possibly "to drink too much alcohol".

It was always more common in the UK than in the US, and I think it is now rather old fashioned.

  • Over and above does imply 'too much' - possibly making the man aggressive and likely to 'go for' the person addressed. May 3, 2022 at 8:52
  • @Kate Bunting Quite true, but I think even just "He took a drop last night" is sometimes used to imply "he drank too much". May 3, 2022 at 16:25

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