fall off the wagon meaning?

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What is the meaning of "to fall off the wagon" idiom?
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Idiom Scenario 1:



Linda is a recovering alcoholic.  She has not had a drink for five years, three months and seven days.  Linda discovers that her friend David's daughter, Penny, has died in a tragic car accident.  The shock and stress of the news causes Linda to have a drink of her favorite liquor, Scotch.
"Linda has fallen off the wagon.!"
Like most alcoholics, when Linda takes a drink, she cannot stop.  She drinks more and more.  She continues to hit the bottle until something happens in her life to make her quit drinking again.  Linda needs to go on the wagon again.
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Idiom Definition:


"to fall of the wagon"
to begin drinking alcohol after a period of abstinence
 
Synonyms:
abstain, abstinence, alcohol, addiction, backslide, booze, bottle, compulsion, control, decline, degenerate, deteriorate, drink, lapse, regress, relapse, resume, retrograde, retrogress, stop, stopped, uncontrolled
 
 
This elephant is literally falling off the wagon. - - - - ->  a grey cartoon elephant is spinning head over tail as it falls off the back of a wagon of gold bars




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Idiom Scenario 2:



Paul has been very overweight most of his life.  Two years ago, he decided to go on a diet and lose some weight.  Paul has been very careful and has lost over forty kilograms.  He feels great and is happy with his new lifestyle.  Paul would like to continue to lose another forty kilograms.  Paul has sworn to never eat junk food or any fatty foods and especially not to eat impulsively. 
Unfortunately, Paul was walking in the park recently when he saw a hot dog vendor on the side of the path.  Poor Paul could not resist the temptation.  He was in the process of paying for his hot dog when he dropped his money.  When he had bent over to pick up the money his pants had ripped.  Luckily for Paul, his ripping pants reminded him of his diet...
"He had almost fallen off the diet wagon!"
Paul almost started eating fatty foods again but he resisted the temptation and stayed on the wagon.
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Idiom Usage:

This idiom is almost always used to refer to people who have trouble controlling their alcohol intake - alcoholics.
This idiom is used to describe a situation where a recovering alcoholic, who has not been drinking, begins to drink again.
This idiom can be used to describe starting any addictive or compulsive behavior after a period of abstinence. 
 
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Gerund Form of the Idiom:

Falling of the wagon is a mistake for recovering alcoholics.
 
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Idiom Conjugations:

 
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