Drown Your Sorrows

Also: Drown Your Troubles

Meaning of Idiom Drown Your (or one’s) Sorrows’

To drown your sorrows means to try to forget your troubles or get over a disappointment by drinking an excessive amount of alcohol; to dull one’s worries or forget one’s sorrows by becoming intoxicated (drunk). 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. ,3Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.

Examples Of Use

“Bob’s girlfriend just broke up with him. He’s at the bar drowning his sorrows.”

“You can stay at home and drown your sorrows or you can try to forget by staying busy.”

“I didn’t get that promotion at work. I think I’ll stay home this weekend and drown my sorrows.”

“Drowning your troubles does you no good. You have to face life as it comes.”

Origin

A few clever rebuttals to this idiom illustrates its allusion:

“Drinking doesn’t drown your sorrows. Sorrow knows how to swim.”

“Drinking doesn’t drown sorrows, it just irrigates them.”

The original expression seems to be drown your sorrows in the flowing bowl. It has been used since at least the early 1800’s.

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Sources   [ + ]

1. Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.
2. Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.
3. Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.