"He's got a piece of cheese and bread in's head."

— Ray [formerly Wray], John (1627-1705)

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Printed by John Hayes for W. Morden
1670, rev. 1678
"He's got a piece of cheese and bread in's head."
Metaphor in Context

Proverbial Periphrases of one drunk.

He's disguised. He has got a piece of bread and cheese in's head. He has drunk more than he has bled. He has been i'th' Sun. He has a jagg or load. He has got a dish. He has got a cup too much. He is one and thirty. He is dag'd. He has cut his leg. He is afflicted. He is top-heavy. The malt is above the water. As drunk as a wheelbarrow. He makes indentures with his legs. He's well to live. He's about to cast up his reckoning or accompts. He has made an example. He is concerned. He is as drunk as David's sow. He has stollen a manchet out of the brewers basket. He's raddled. He is very weary. He drank till he gave up his half-penny, i.e. vomited.
(p. 87)

Posted by Joel Berson to C18 Listserv. Metaphor traced to this source by Suzanne Morgen.
Ray, John. A Collection of English Proverbs Digested into a Convenient Method for the Speedy Finding Any One upon Occasion: with Short Annotations (Cambridge: Printed by John Hayes for W. Morden, 1678). <Link to EEBO><Link to Google Books edition of 1768>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.