from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cart, such as a sprinkling-cart, designed to carry water.
  • n. Figuratively, total abstinence.


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  • I get on the water-wagon an 'save my money for two years — save an' then —

    Chapter 17

  • I get on the water-wagon an' save my money for two years - save an' then -


  • "I thought you was on the water-wagon," was Joe's greeting.


  • A major of convivial habits was given a toy water-wagon, and Stark, a skeleton of a man, got a cake of "obesity soap," capable, so its makers alleged, of washing away the unwanted pounds.

    Manuscript Draft: Walter Reed: Doctor in Uniform, by Laura Wood, [19 -- ]

  • "I'm on the water-wagon," she said, essaying to be light of vein, crossing her hands and feet and tilting her glance at him.

    Humoresque A Laugh on Life with a Tear Behind It

  • The water-wagon was dislocated from its proper position.

    The Enormous Room

  • Which again brings us to the Skipper, whose elaborate couch has already been mentioned -- he was a Hollander and one of the strongest, most gentle and altogether most pleasant of men, who used to sit on the water-wagon under the shed in the _cour_ and smoke his pipe quietly of an afternoon.

    The Enormous Room

  • Harree and Pompom were already at the gate with the archaic water-wagon, the former pushing from behind and the latter in the shafts.

    The Enormous Room

  • The door by which we exited with the water-wagon to the street outside was at least eight feet high, adorned with several large locks.

    The Enormous Room

  • But after to-day I'm on the water-wagon, Marcella.



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