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    paint the town red

    you paint the town red.

    were does this saying come from in america. i know a roman and british version but what about an american version?


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    Re: paint the town red

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    you paint the town red.

    were does this saying come from in america. i know a roman and british version but what about an american version?

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    paint the town red...Guru dictionary:

    Go on a spree, as in Whenever they go to New York they want to paint the town red. The precise allusion of this term is disputed. Some believe it refers to setting something on fire; others point to a vague association of the color red with violence. [Late 1800s]

    Also, look at:
    http://groups.google.ca/groups?q=pai...n.ne.jp&rnum=1

    The origins of that phrase are said to be unknown. The way I look at this is that whenever a bunch of women get together on a shopping spree, they will soon be maxed out on all their credit cards, lines of credit, etc. and obviously they will all end up...IN THE RED. That's all I can think about.

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    Re: paint the town red

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    you paint the town red.

    were does this saying come from in america. i know a roman and british version but what about an american version?


    thank you
    There's an American version listed here:

    http://www.valiumeffort.com/maxphras...aintTheTownRed

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