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water wagon

a wagon used to transport water, as in military field operations or on a construction site.
on the water wagon. wagon (def 14).
Origin of water wagon
1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She was out on the prairie at night, miles away from any house, driving a water-wagon for the men to put out a prairie fire.

    Her Prairie Knight B.M. Sinclair, AKA B. M. Bower
  • How can he remain a social animal, with the fellowship of his kind, and stay on the water-wagon?

    The Old Game Samuel G. Blythe
  • Who ever heard of a water-wagon doin' business on Christmas Eve?

    Wide Courses James Brendan Connolly
  • So you fell off the water-wagon, eh,—even in the watery city?

  • It grew out of Fitzpatrick's order putting his men on the water-wagon.

    The King of Arcadia Francis Lynde
  • Ten Eyck was on the water-wagon in penance for a recent outbreak.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • "Fell off that water-wagon kind o' sudden, didn't you, Bud," but without even a curious glance emptied his glass.

    Wide Courses James Brendan Connolly
  • What's this I hear, son, about you falling off the water-wagon and filling the hospital?

    The Sheriff's Son William MacLeod Raine
  • You ought to climb on the water-wagon, Ford, and that's a fact.

    The Uphill Climb B. M. Bower
  • Couldn't stay on the water-wagon long enough, got careless in my act, went down and out.

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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