two sheets to the wind


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two (or three) sheets to (or in) the wind

drunk. informal
The origins of this expression are nautical. Sheets here are the ropes attached to the corners of a ship's sail, used for controlling the extent and direction of the sail; if they are hanging loose in the wind, the vessel is likely to be out of control or taking an erratic course.
See also: sheet, two, wind

two sheets to the wind

verb
See also: sheet, two, wind
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But knowing Dylan's reputation, any imitation undertaken would possibly work better if the actor was two sheets to the wind while he wobbled.
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