Intoxicated When a vessel changes her tack, she staggers and
gradually heels over. A drunken man moves like a ship changing her
angle of sailing. (Probably from the Icelandic, snua, turn.)
“Mr. Hornby was just a bit slewed by the liquor he'd taken.” —W.
C. Russell: A Strange Voyage, chap. xii. p. 25.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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