off the wagon

off the wagon
drinking alcohol again, after having stopped.

If she falls off the wagon again, she'll just have to pick herself up and try to stop drinking.

Usage notes: usually said about someone who has an alcohol problem
Opposite of: on the wagon

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  • off the wagon — {adj. phr.}, {slang} No longer refusing to drink whiskey or other alcoholic beverages; drinking liquor again, after stopping for a while. * /When a heavy drinker quits he must really quit. One little drink of whiskey is enough to drive him off… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • off the wagon — {adj. phr.}, {slang} No longer refusing to drink whiskey or other alcoholic beverages; drinking liquor again, after stopping for a while. * /When a heavy drinker quits he must really quit. One little drink of whiskey is enough to drive him off… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • off the wagon — 1. mod. drinking liquor after a period of abstinence. □ Poor John fell off the wagon again. Drunk as a skunk. □ He was off the wagon for a year the last time before he sobered up. 2. mod. back on drugs after a period of abstinence. □ Max is off… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • off the wagon — adverb (or adjective) : no longer under pledge or resolution to abstain from alcoholic beverages * * * off the wagon informal phrase drinking alcohol again after not drinking for a period of time Thesaurus: drunksynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • off the wagon — adverb No longer maintaining a program of self improvement or abstinence from an undesirable habit, especially drinking alcohol. She kept up her diet for an entire month before falling off the wagon. Ant: on the wagon …   Wiktionary

  • off\ the\ wagon — adj. phr. slang No longer refusing to drink whiskey or other alcoholic beverages; drinking liquor again, after stopping for a while. When a heavy drinker quits he must really quit. One little drink of whiskey is enough to drive him off the wagon …   Словарь американских идиом

  • off the wagon —    habitually drinking alcohol after a period of abstinence    After having been on the wagon:     When a man like that goes off the wagon, he bites dust. (Kersh, 1936) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • off the wagon — phrasal in or into a state of no longer abstaining from alcoholic beverages < fell off the wagon > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • off the wagon — drinking again, drunk again    He s off the wagon again. He started drinking last night …   English idioms

  • off the wagon — begin to drink alcohol again after stopping for awhile He seems to be off the wagon again. I saw him yesterday and I am sure that he had been drinking …   Idioms and examples

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