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Why is lush used as a synonym for alcoholic? [closed]

Do you know any other synonyms for an alcoholic person different from alky/alkie or dipsomaniac which would be the scientific or specialized term?
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What is the origin of the expression "alas and alack"?

So I have looked for the origin of this expression but I want native speakers or people with English studies to answer or give their answers and thoughts on what might be the origin of this expression....
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What is the origin of "a dog's dinner" to mean "a complete mess"?

I'm referring to this expression. I didn’t say a dinner for your dog. I said ‘a dog’s dinner’. We use this expression, ‘a dog’s dinner’ to describe a complete mess. Which is why I said the kitchen ...
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Origin of the phrase "beat to the socks"

What is the origin of the phrase "beat to the socks"? I was only able to find this link, which doesn't really explain its origin. Jack Kerouac used to claim that the term "Beat ...
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