two sheets to the wind
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
two (or three) sheets to (or in) the winddrunk. 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.