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Why do we say someone is “three sheets to the wind” when he or she is drunk?
The phrase is derived from a nautical term. A sheet is a rope holding up a sail. If these sheets, or ropes, are loose and blowing too much in the wind, the boat will lurch about, perhaps like a drunken person does. Sometimes the phrase “three sheets in the wind” is used.

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