What is 3 sheets to the wind? Why 3, why not just 2?

How many sheets can you have at one time?

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Oh my...You do have a good point, bestbuy!

    I will opt for 2


  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The expression goes back to the days of sailing vessels, especially square-riggers, when sails were often called sheets.

    The number is arbitrary but could be large - some of these ships had five masts.

    It was used to describe a state of intoxication; 3 was too many, out of control, etc.

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