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on_the_wagon

on the wagon

English

Adjective

on the wagon (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Abstaining from drinking any alcoholic drink, usually in the sense of having given it up (as opposed to never having partaken); teetotal.
  2. (by extension) Maintaining a program of self-improvement or abstinence from some other undesirable habit.
    He’s been on the smoking cessation wagon for two weeks now.

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References

  1. On the wagon”, World Wide Words, Michael Quinion, created 18 July 1998, last updated 27 January 2006.
  2. on the wagon” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  3. Robert Hendrickson (1997) The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, rev. and exp. edition, New York, N.Y.: Facts On File, ISBN 978-0-8160-3266-2.