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  • adj. Abstaining from drinking any alcoholic drink, usually in the sense of having given it up (as opposed to never having partaken).
  • adj. By extension, maintaining a program of self-improvement or abstinence from some other undesirable habit.

Etymologies

Early 20th century American temperance movement. Originally “on the water wagon” or “on the water cart”,[2][3] referring to carts used to hose down dusty roads. (Wiktionary)

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