three sheets

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three sheets in the wind definition

and three sheets (to the wind); two sheets to the wind
  1. mod.
    alcohol intoxicated and unsteady. (Sheets are the ropes used to manage a ship's sails. It is assumed that if these ropes were blowing in the wind, the ship would be unmanageable.) : He was three sheets to the wind and didn't pay attention to my warning.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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