on the wagon


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on the wagon

Fig. not drinking alcohol. No, I don't care for a cocktail. I'm on the wagon. Bob's old drinking buddies complained that he was no fun when he went on the wagon.
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on the wagon

not drinking any alcohol, after a period of drinking regularly He's been on the wagon for ten years now.
Usage notes: usually said about someone who has an alcohol problem
Opposite of: off the wagon
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on the wagon

Abstaining from drinking alcoholic beverages, as in Don't offer her wine; she's on the wagon. This expression is a shortening of on the water wagon, referring to the horse-drawn water car once used to spray dirt roads to keep down the dust. Its present meaning dates from about 1900. The antonym off the wagon, used for a resumption of drinking, dates from the same period. B.J. Taylor used it in Extra Dry (1906): "It is better to have been on and off the wagon than never to have been on at all."
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on the wagon

mod. not now drinking alcoholic liquor. How long has John been on the wagon this time?
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on the wagon

Slang
Abstaining from alcoholic beverages.
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