Drinking liquor, esp heavily: on the sauce in a charming school-boy way
[1970s+; sauce, ”liquor,” is found by 1940]
[on-th uh-seen, awn-] /ˈɒn ðəˌsin, ˈɔn-/ adjective 1. being at the very place of occurrence: an on-the-scene newscast.
- On the sidelines
Observing rather than taking part, out of the action, as in Bolivia’s neighbors remained on the sidelines, waiting to see which faction in the dispute would prevail. This idiom comes from sports. The sidelines are the two lines defining the sides of the court or playing field and the area immediately beyond them where, in […]
- On the shake
adverb phrase Practicing extortion, blackmail, etc: You knew they was on the shake [1940s+; fr shakedown]
[on-th uh-spot, awn-] /ˈɒn ðəˌspɒt, ˈɔn-/ adjective 1. done or occurring at the time or place in question: an on-the-spot recording.