Tie one on
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Does anyone the origin of the phrase to "tie one on" meaning to get drunk?

I believe the British version of the phrase is to "tie a bun on".

Lewis Joplin II
TIE ONE ON - "To get drunk (Eric) Partridge suggests that this expression is derived from 'hang one on' (ca. 1935), which originated in the United States and was later adopted in Canada. It is clear that a 'hangover' - more politely, the 'morning after' - is the miserable memento of having 'hung' or 'tied one on.' We are uncertain as to why drinking is described as 'tieing,' 'hanging' or 'belting' (as in 'belt one down' or 'a belt of rye'). From "Wordsworth Book of Euphemism" by Judith S. Neaman and Carole G. Silver (Wordsworth Editions, Hertfordshire, 1995)
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