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three sheets to the wind

Severely intoxicated from alcohol, to the point of finding control of one's actions or coordination difficult. Taken most likely from nautical terminology, where 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 three sheets to the wind.
See also: sheet, three, wind

three sheets

verb
See also: sheet, three

three sheets

to/in the wind Informal
Intoxicated; drunk.
See also: sheet, three
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He laid two or three sheets of paper upon the table and waited while his employer glanced them through and dismissed him with a little nod.
Daughtry dashed into the cabin, came back with a pillow and three sheets, and, using the first as a pad and knotting the last together in swift weaver's knots, he left the Ancient Mariner safe and soft and took Michael back into his own arms.
As he spoke he handed me three sheets of note paper and three envelopes.
have you managed to invent a mechanical corset, or a baby's bottle, or a fire engine, or chimneys that consume no fuel, or ovens which cook cutlets with three sheets of paper?
license or permission to carry out the corresponding type of activity (the first three sheets of the Charter),
Lay three sheets of lasagne in the bottom of dish, side by side, then alternate layers of lamb with peas, lasagne and bechamel sauce.
The following year, the brothers ordered even more envelope liners, priced them at 25 cents for three sheets and sold out again.
Layer up three sheets of filo, brushing a little vegetable oil on each sheet.
The snowy landscape was a rumpled white blanket shot in close up, projected on to three sheets of corrugated white plastic, finally revealed as covering the bed of a dying woman.
We spent a very pleasant evening, the First Battalion having a wet canteen, and when we started back we were three sheets to the wind.
The arena itself will feature three sheets of ice, making it the only rink in North Dakota to boast such a feature.
The panels consist of three sheets of glass set within an insulated unit, which are operated using Vistamatic's propriety lever mechanism.
The result might have looked like something the dog had attacked, but at least you didn't need three sheets of MDF and a blowtorch to make it.
That was cemented after my first day on work experience at the local newspaper, where typewriters clattered and journalists hunched over their desks rattling off stories on three sheets of paper separated with carbon.
Also at High Point Market, Calvin Klein Home Furniture highlighted the radiant accent table, an architectural side table made from just three sheets of precisely formed and joined sheet steel.
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