off the wagon


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off the wagon

1. Having returned to drinking alcohol or using recreational drugs after abstaining for a period of time. There have been a few times that I've nearly fallen off the wagon, but thinking of my responsibility to my daughter helps keep me sober. I'm worried about John—I think he may be off the wagon.
2. By extension, partaking in some activity after a period of abstinence. He gave up video games while he was studying for his final exams, but now that it's summer break he's off the wagon again. I was really good about my diet, but I fell off the wagon and went for some fast food last night.
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*off the wagon

 
1. Fig. drinking liquor after a period of abstinence. (*Typically: be ~; fall ~; get ~.) Poor John fell off the wagon again. Drunk as a skunk. He was off the wagon for a year the last time before he sobered up.
2. Fig. back on drugs after a period of abstinence. (*Typically: be ~; fall ~; get ~.) Wilbur is off the wagon and shooting up again. He can't be off the wagon, because he has never stopped using, even for a day.
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off the wagon

1. mod. drinking liquor after a period of abstinence. Poor John fell off the wagon again. Drunk as a skunk.
2. mod. back on drugs after a period of abstinence. Harry the Horse is off the wagon and shooting up again.
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off the wagon

Slang
No longer abstaining from alcoholic beverages.
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