Four-sheets-to-the-wind meaning

(idiomatic) Extremely drunk.
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Origin of four-sheets-to-the-wind

  • Derived from sailing ships. The 'sheet' in the phrase uses the nautical meaning of a rope that controls the trim of sail. If a sheet is loose, the sail flaps and doesn't provide control for the ship. Having several sheets loose ("to the wind") could cause the ship to rock about drunkenly.

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