hit under the wing

hit under the wing

slang Mildly or nearly drunk. The phrase alludes to a bird that has been shot and injured, but not killed. Yeah, I remember last night at the bar—I was only shot under the wing, not totally wasted.
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hit under the wing

mod. alcohol intoxicated. (see also shot. In the way that a bird is struck by shot.) Sally was a little hit under the wing, but she wasn’t bad off at all.
See also: hit, wing
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