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Where did the phrase “three sheets to the wind” come from?
The first printed use of this phrase was in 1821 and it referred then, as it does now, to someone who is flat-out drunk, as helpless and disorganized as a sailboat with all of its sails - often called “sheets” - flying untethered, its course and movement out of control.

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