four sheets to the wind

four sheets to the wind

Severely intoxicated from alcohol, to the point of finding control of one's actions or coordination difficult. Taken most likely from nautical terminology, where a "sheet" is the rope that controls the sails of a tall ship; if several sheets are loose or mishandled, the boat's movement becomes unsteady and difficult to control, like that of a drunk person. On his 21st birthday, Jeff's friends took him to every bar in town until he was four sheets to the wind.
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four sheets to the wind

verb
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FOUR SHEETS TO THE WIND (Directed by Sterlin Harjo)
We were going to say that you'd be really peeved at leaving that behind in your taxi the first time you were four sheets to the wind, but we don't suppose that the sort of person who would shell out getting on for 100 grand on a moby would be seen dead at a taxi rank.
As an actor, she's appeared in numerous movies and television shows, including The Rez, Ready or Not, Moose TV, North of 60 and Dance Me Outside, and appears in the new film Four Sheets to the Wind, which will be screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.
Old Biddy's tilted four sheets to the wind, TickTock said.
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