verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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
Examples from the Web for wagon
The base resembled a wagon circle of armored vehicles with some razor wire strung around them.We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night|Nathan Bradley Bethea|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After a week passed in which Lohan ignores Johnson, the star confessed to “screwing up” and falling off the wagon.Lindsay Lohan Reveals Miscarriage: The Most Shocking Moments From 'Lindsay'|Kevin Fallon|April 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
More than anything, party elites want to hitch their wagon to someone who can win, and someone they can trust.
“Early on, back when [de Blasio] was just on the school board, we saw him as someone we could hitch our wagon to,” Cantor said.Bill de Blasio Mayoral Win Signals Working Families Party Ascendancy|David Freedlander|November 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Eventually, when the count inside the wagon reached about 35, they took off.Egypt’s Government Thugs Beat Me Up at the Rabaa Sit-In|Mike Giglio|August 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"A good steerer could have slipped past that wagon, I guess," he said slowly.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High|Leslie W. Quirk
We then walked another half-mile to a farmhouse, where a horse and wagon were procured.Dynamite Stories|Hudson Maxim
Then all was quiet in the wagon, and only the night wind moving round it.A Waif of the Plains|Bret Harte
She had helped pull the wagon all this way, but she would not share the home they were to have at the end of the Trail.The Lost Wagon|James Arthur Kjelgaard
How great was her delight to see a goat, and two cunning little kids, cuddling down on the hay at the bottom of the wagon!Minnie's Pet Horse|Madeline Leslie
British Dictionary definitions for wagon (1 of 2)
Word Origin for wagon
British Dictionary definitions for wagon (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for wagon
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.
Idioms and Phrases with wagon
see fix someone's wagon; hitch one's wagon; on the bandwagon; on the wagon.