three sheets in the wind


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three sheets in the wind

slang Extremely drunk, especially to the point of being uncoordinated or out of control. 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 three sheets in the wind. They had an open bar at the staff party, so we were all three sheets in the wind by the time we left.
See also: sheet, three, wind

three sheets in the wind

 and three sheets (to the wind); two sheets to the wind
Inf. intoxicated and unsteady. (Sheets are the ropes used to manage a ship's sails. It is assumed that if these ropes were blowing in the wind, the ship would be out of control.) He had gotten three sheets to the wind and didn't pay attention to my warning. By midnight, he was three sheets.
See also: sheet, three, wind

three sheets in the wind

and three sheets (to the wind) and two sheets to the wind
mod. alcohol intoxicated and unsteady. (Sheets are the ropes used to manage a ship’s sails. It is assumed that if these ropes were blowing in the wind, the ship would be unmanageable.) He was three sheets to the wind and didn’t pay attention to my warning.
See also: sheet, three, wind
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