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Tie one on!
May 30, 2014
The phrase tie one on comes to us from American English and means ‘to overindulge in alcoholic drinks’. The full version of the phrase is tie a bun on, a phrase that became popular in the US in the 1890s. The suggestion is that bun is related to the Scottish word bun or boyne for a wooden cask of some kind, for holding water or spirits, or for use as a tub. It is of course the vat of spirits that is relevant here.
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