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Tie one on!

May 30, 2014

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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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