under the weather

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Etymology[edit]

A man wearing a facemask and holding an umbrella in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan

From under the weather bow (affected by bad weather; seasick); weather bow is a nautical term referring to the side of a ship exposed to bad weather.[1]

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under the weather (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Somewhat ill or gloomy.
  2. (idiomatic) Somewhat intoxicated or suffering from a hangover.
  3. (idiomatic, obsolete) Experiencing adversity.

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  1. ^ Bill Beavis; Richard G. McCloskey (1983) Salty Dog Talk: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions, London; New York, N.Y.: Granada, ISBN 978-0-229-11705-5.

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