On/off the wagon

Posted by R. Berg on November 02, 2001

In Reply to: On/off the wagon posted by Gerard Loewen on November 02, 2001

: what is the correct interpretation of being on or off the wagon, are you drinking when you're off or on the wagon?

You're drinking when you're off the wagon. Originally, "on the wagon" was "on the water wagon"--meaning that you were drinking only water.