wagon

[wag-uhn]
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noun

verb (used with object)

to transport or convey by wagon.

verb (used without object)

to proceed or haul goods by wagon: It was strenuous to wagon up the hill.Also especially British, waggon.

Idioms

    circle the wagons. circle(def 23).
    fix someone's wagon, Slang. to get even with or punish someone: He'd better mind his own business or I'll really fix his wagon.
    hitch one's wagon to a star, to have a high ambition, ideal, or purpose: It is better to hitch one's wagon to a star than to wander aimlessly through life.
    off the/one's wagon, Slang.
    1. again drinking alcoholic beverages after a period of abstinence: His failure to show up at work is one more sign that he’s fallen off the wagon again.
    2. returning to an unhealthy or bad habit: I’m usually on a diet, but sometimes I go off my wagon.
    on the wagon, Slang. abstaining from a current or former bad habit, as smoking, overeating, excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages, or taking drugs: She's been on the wagon for a month, now, so please don't offer her a drink.Also on the water wagon; British, on the water cart.

Origin of wagon

1505–15; < Dutch wagen; cognate with Old English wægn wain
Related formswag·on·less, adjective

Synonyms for wagon

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British Dictionary definitions for fix someone's wagon

Wagon

Waggon

noun

the Wagon another name for the Plough

wagon

waggon

noun

any of various types of wheeled vehicles, ranging from carts to lorries, esp a vehicle with four wheels drawn by a horse, tractor, etc, and used for carrying crops, heavy loads, etc
British a railway freight truck, esp an open one
US and Canadian a child's four-wheeled cart
US and Canadian a police van for transporting prisoners and those arrested
mainly US and Canadian See station wagon
an obsolete word for chariot
off the wagon informal no longer abstaining from alcoholic drinks
on the wagon informal abstaining from alcoholic drinks

verb

(tr) to transport by wagon
Derived Formswagonless or waggonless, adjective

Word Origin for wagon

C16: from Dutch wagen wain
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Word Origin and History for fix someone's wagon

wagon

n.

1520s, from Middle Dutch wagen, waghen, from Proto-Germanic *wagnaz (cf. Old English wægn, Modern English wain, Old Saxon and Old High German wagan, Old Norse vagn, Old Frisian wein, German Wagen), from PIE *woghnos, from *wegh- "to carry, to move" (cf. Sanskrit vahanam "vessel, ship," Greek okhos, Latin vehiculum, Old Church Slavonic vozu "carriage, chariot," Russian povozka, Lithuanian vazis "a small sledge," Old Irish fen, Welsh gwain "carriage, cart;" see weigh).

In Dutch and German, the general word for "a wheel vehicle;" English use is a result of contact through Flemish immigration, Dutch trade, or the Continental wars. It has largely displaced the native cognate, wain. Spelling preference varied randomly between -g- and -gg- from mid-18c., before American English settled on the etymological wagon, while waggon remained common in Great Britain. Wagon train is attested from 1810. Phrase on the wagon "abstaining from alcohol" is 1904, originally on the water cart.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with fix someone's wagon

fix someone's wagon

Get even with someone, get revenge on someone, spoil someone's chance of success. For example, He may think he can win the election, but these ads will fix his wagon, or After what he did to her, her family's out to fix his wagon. This term uses fix in the sense of “punish someone” or “put someone in an awkward position,” a usage dating from about 1800. The wagon was added in the 1900s, presumably making the phrase refer to putting sand in a wagon axle or similar sabotage.

wagon

see fix someone's wagon; hitch one's wagon; on the bandwagon; on the wagon.

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