One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Done for; ‘finished’.
2Unconscious, especially as a result of drinking alcohol; asleep.
3Disabled by illness; unable to continue due to the lack of a vital component.
1930s; earliest use found in Expressions & Sayings 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Origin uncertain: the element monk was perhaps originally rhyming slang for drunk.
out the monk/ˌaʊt ðə ˈmʌŋk/
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