1. to be pregnant (with)
   Of the same tendency as bear1 but sometimes without stating the burden:
    She was in the seventh month of pregnancy and carrying big. (J. Collins, 1981)
   To carry a child is specific:
    Mrs Thrale is big, and fancies that she carries a boy. (Johnson)
   2. to have an illegal narcotic on you
   A shortened form of carry drugs. Because of the risk of detection in a body search, a rule among drug users says Never carry when you can stash.
   3. American
   to be in possession of a handgun
   Again a shortened form, and used of both legal and illegal sidearms:
    'Ahhh, I'm carrying,' Boone said. 'Someone will spot the heat.' (Sanders, 1977 — Boone was a policeman)
   4. to drink too much intoxicant without appearing drunk
   Such a gift was supposed to be an indication of good breeding:
    ... as gentlemen should, carried their two bottles of an evening. (Strachey, 1918)
   To carry a (heavy) load means to be drunk, usually on beer.

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