four sheets to the wind

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Extremely drunk

Etymology:

  • Derived from sailing ships. The 'sheet' in the phrase uses the nautical meaning of a rope that controls the trim of sail. If a sheet is loose, the sail flaps and doesn't provide control for the ship. Having several sheets loose could cause the ship to rock about drunkenly.
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Submitted on July 07, 2010

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quatre feuilles au vent

fyra lakan till vinden

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    Alex
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