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On The Wagon : Phrases



Meaning:

Abstaining from consumption of alcoholic beverages.


Example:

Dean Martin never fell off the wagon. You have to be
on the wagon before you can fall off.


Origin:

The origin of this seemingly mysterious phrase becomes clear when one learns that the original phrase was
On the water wagon. A water wagon was a common piece of equipment in the days before paved roads. They were used to spray the dirt roads to help control dust.
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