[ wag-uhn ]
/ ˈwæg ən /
any of various kinds of four-wheeled vehicles designed to be pulled or having its own motor and ranging from a child's toy to a commercial vehicle for the transport of heavy loads, delivery, etc.
Informal. station wagon.
a police van for transporting prisoners; patrol wagon: The fight broke up before the wagon arrived.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. Charles's Wain.
British. a railway freight car or flatcar.
a baby carriage.
Archaic. a chariot.
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.
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.
- 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.
- returning to an unhealthy or bad habit: I’m usually on a diet, but sometimes I go off my 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.
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
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British Dictionary definitions for hitch one's wagon to a star (1 of 2)
/ (ˈwæɡən) /
the Wagon another name for the Plough
British Dictionary definitions for hitch one's wagon to a star (2 of 2)
/ (ˈwæɡən) /
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
(tr) to transport by wagon
Derived Formswagonless or waggonless, adjective
Word Origin for wagon
C16: from Dutch wagen wain
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Idioms and Phrases with hitch one's wagon to a star (1 of 2)
hitch one's wagon to a star
Aim high, as in Bill's hitching his wagon to a star—he plans to be a partner by age thirty. This metaphoric expression was invented by essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1870.
Idioms and Phrases with hitch one's wagon to a star (2 of 2)
see fix someone's wagon; hitch one's wagon; on the bandwagon; on the wagon.
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