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Pissed off

Posted by David FG on October 25, 2005

On a recent American sitcom I heard the phrase 'the audience are p*ssed'. I am aware that in US usage this means what those in the UK would describe as 'p*ssed off' and 'p*ssed' on its own means drunk. In the context either could have been intended. Is 'p*ssed' ever used in the US to mean drunk?

Am I also right in thinking that its use is more general than in the UK where it is considered crude and not for 'polite usage' (hence my reticence to spell the word out fully)?