four sheets in the wind

four sheets in the wind

slang Extremely drunk. Most likely derived from nautical terminology, in which 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 in the wind.
See also: four, sheet, wind

four sheets in the wind

 and four sheets (to the wind)
intoxicated. (See comments at three sheets in the wind.) She's not just tipsy. She's four sheets! After only three beers, Gary was four sheets to the wind.
See also: four, sheet, wind

four sheets in the wind

and four sheets (to the wind)
mod. alcohol intoxicated. (See comments at three sheets in the wind.) He can’t talk straight because he’s four sheets in the wind. After only three beers, Gary was four sheets to the wind.
See also: four, sheet, wind
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