(the) sun has gone over the yardarm


(the) sun has gone over the yardarm
   let us drink some alcohol
   By naval tradition, you might start drinking alcohol when the sun had fallen below the yardarm, a horizontal spar from the mast. Landlubbers may use the phrase at the end of a day's work:
    Ah well, sun is over the yardarm, so down to work. (Private Eye, May 1981 — the 'work' was drinking intoxicants)

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