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- adjective idiomatic
Abstainingfrom drinkingany alcoholicdrink, usually in the sense of having given it up (as opposed to never having partaken).
- adjective By extension,
maintaininga programof self-improvementor abstinencefrom some other undesirable habit.
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Early 20th century American temperance movement. Originally “on the water wagon” or “on the water cart”, referring to carts used to hose down dusty roads.
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