verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Words nearby wagon
Idioms for 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.
Origin of wagon
OTHER WORDS FROM wagonwag·on·less, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for on the wagon (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for on the wagon (2 of 2)
Derived forms of wagonwagonless or waggonless, adjective
Word Origin for wagon
Idioms and Phrases with on the wagon (1 of 2)
Abstaining from drinking alcoholic beverages, as in Don't offer her wine; she's on the wagon. This expression is a shortening of on the water wagon, referring to the horse-drawn water car once used to spray dirt roads to keep down the dust. Its present meaning dates from about 1900. The antonym off the wagon, used for a resumption of drinking, dates from the same period. B.J. Taylor used it in Extra Dry (1906): “It is better to have been on and off the wagon than never to have been on at all.”
Idioms and Phrases with on the wagon (2 of 2)
see fix someone's wagon; hitch one's wagon; on the bandwagon; on the wagon.