piss and vinegar
noun Date: circa 1942 sometimes vulgar vim, spunk

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • piss and vinegar — noun Exuberance or enthusiasm, especially to an excessive degree; bravado; youthful energy. I know whats a matter. Young fella, all full a piss an vinegar. Wanta be a hell of a guy all the time …   Wiktionary

  • piss and vinegar — Synonyms and related words: aggressiveness, animal spirits, animation, bang, breeziness, briskness, bubbliness, capersomeness, coltishness, dash, drive, ebullience, effervescence, elan, energy, enterprise, esprit, exuberance, fire, friskiness,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • piss and vinegar — …   Useful english dictionary

  • full of piss and vinegar —    Someone who s full of piss and vinegar is full of youthful energy.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    People who are full of piss and vinegar are very lively, boisterous or full of youthful vitality.     I had to look after a group of… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • full of piss and vinegar — Someone who s full of piss and vinegar is full of youthful energy …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • full of piss and vinegar — [B] lively, full of energy    That little kid is full of piss and vinegar. He won t sit still …   English idioms

  • be full of piss and vinegar — American, very informal to have a lot of energy. He s full of piss and vinegar this morning …   New idioms dictionary

  • full of piss and vinegar — Meaning Rowdy and boisterous. Origin Sailors who had had plenty to drink were in this condition. The vinegar may refer to the acidic form that cheap alcohol adopts when drunk, or it may be the vinegar that sailors drank to ward off scurvy …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • all piss and wind — adj full of bluster and noise, but without real substance. This expression can have a similar meaning to all mouth and trousers, but can be applied for instance to a poli tician s speech or a theatrical perform ance, as well as to an individual.… …   Contemporary slang

  • piss — (v.) late 13c., from O.Fr. pissier urinate (12c.), from V.L. *pissiare, of imitative origin. As a pure intensifier (Cf. piss poor, piss ugly, etc.) it dates from World War II. Piss and vinegar first attested 1942. Piss prophet one who diagnosed… …   Etymology dictionary

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