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paint the town red

[ peynt ]SEE DEFINITION OF paint the town red
  • as incarouse
  • as incelebrate
  • as inroister
  • as inhave a ball

Synonyms for paint the town red

  • booze
  • drink
  • frolic
  • imbibe
  • play
  • quaff
  • revel
  • riot
  • roister
  • wassail
  • go on a spree
  • have fun
  • paint the town
  • raise Cain
  • whoop it up
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Antonyms for paint the town red

  • be sad
  • grieve
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WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., "represent in painting or drawing, portray;" early 14c., "paint the surface of, color, stain;" from Old French peintier "to paint," from peint, past participle of peindre "to paint," from Latin pingere "to paint, represent in a picture, stain; embroider, tattoo," from PIE root *peig-/*peik- "to cut" (cf. Sanskrit pimsati "hews out, cuts, carves, adorns," Old Church Slavonic pila "file, saw," Lithuanian pela "file"). Sense evolution between PIE and Latin was, presumably, from "decorate with cut marks" to "decorate" to "decorate with color." Cf. Sanskrit pingah "reddish," pesalah "adorned, decorated, lovely," Old Church Slavonic pegu "variegated;" Greek poikilos "variegated;" Old High German fehjan "to adorn;" Old Church Slavonic pisati, Lithuanian piesiu "to write." Probably also representing the "cutting" branch of the family is Old English feol (see file (n.)).

To paint the town (red) "go on a spree" first recorded 1884; to paint (someone or something) black "represent it as wicked or evil" is from 1590s. Adjective paint-by-numbers "simple" is attested by 1970; the art-for-beginners kits themselves date to c.1953.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PAINT THE TOWN RED

carouse

verbmake merry, often with liquor

celebrate

verbcommemorate occasion, achievement
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