fall off the wagon

return to the consumption of alcohol or drugs after stopping for awhile

He fell off the wagon after he stopped drinking for three years.


Idioms and examples. 2014.

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  • fall off the wagon — If someone falls off the wagon, they start drinking after having given up completely for a time …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • fall off the wagon — in. to resume drinking after having stopped. □ Poor Jed fell off the wagon again. □ It looks to me like he wanted nothing more than to fall off the wagon …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • fall off the wagon — {v. phr.}, {slang}, {alcoholism and drug culture} To return to the consumption of an addictive, such as alcohol or drugs, after a period of abstinence. * /Poor Joe has fallen off the wagon again he is completely incoherent today./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fall off the wagon — {v. phr.}, {slang}, {alcoholism and drug culture} To return to the consumption of an addictive, such as alcohol or drugs, after a period of abstinence. * /Poor Joe has fallen off the wagon again he is completely incoherent today./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fall\ off\ the\ wagon — v. phr. slang alcoholism and drug culture To return to the consumption of an addictive, such as alcohol or drugs, after a period of abstinence. Poor Joe has fallen off the wagon again he is completely incoherent today …   Словарь американских идиом

  • fall off the wagon — become drunk again, return to a bad habit    The old man fell off the wagon. He got drunk last night …   English idioms

  • fall off the wagon — verb To cease or fail at a regimen of self improvement or reform; to lapse back into an old habit or addiction. Though he fell off the wagon several times, he eventually succeeded in quitting …   Wiktionary

  • fall off the wagon — to start drinking alcohol again, especially too much alcohol, after a period when you have not drunk any. Six months later he fell off the wagon in spectacular fashion with a three day drinking spree …   New idioms dictionary

  • off the wagon — {adj. phr.}, {slang} No longer refusing to drink whiskey or other alcoholic beverages; drinking liquor again, after stopping for a while. * /When a heavy drinker quits he must really quit. One little drink of whiskey is enough to drive him off… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • off the wagon — {adj. phr.}, {slang} No longer refusing to drink whiskey or other alcoholic beverages; drinking liquor again, after stopping for a while. * /When a heavy drinker quits he must really quit. One little drink of whiskey is enough to drive him off… …   Dictionary of American idioms


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