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Q: Expression: Piss Up A Rope ( Answered,   3 Comments )
Subject: Expression: Piss Up A Rope
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: tinathir-ga
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Posted: 18 Nov 2004 06:55 PST
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What is the origin of the expression "piss up a rope"?
Subject: Re: Expression: Piss Up A Rope
Answered By: politicalguru-ga on 20 Nov 2004 15:49 PST
Dear Tina 

This experssion originated in America, during the early 20th century.
Cassell's Dictionary of Slang only mentions "originally US, 20th
century"; Chapman?s Dictionary of American Slang is a bit more
"[...] by 1940s Go away and do something characteristically stupid;
=?get lost,? ?go fly a kite?: ?He asked for another contribution and I
told him to go piss up a rope.?"
(SOURCE: Answer by Ken Greenwald, "piss up a rope", Wordwizard, 
December 21, 2002 <>).

As for the usage in other English-speaking cultures (outside the US),
it should be noted, that all of the books listed in with
this term seem to be American or to quote Americans.

Amazon search: "piss up a rope"

There is no answer here, but it is still an interesting thread: 
Ask Metafilter January 19, 2004 [No Title] 
<> - Warning - some readers
might be offended by the language used in this thread.

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Subject: Re: Expression: Piss Up A Rope
From: just4fun2-ga on 18 Nov 2004 14:10 PST
It came from ----- the guy at the top of the rope.
Subject: Re: Expression: Piss Up A Rope
From: guzzi-ga on 18 Nov 2004 19:12 PST
First uttered by a Glaswegian bricky by the name of Jimmy McBauchle in
1928 to his brother who owned a chip shop in Byres road -- the same
chip shop where Elvis now works. It was occasioned by a request that
he help gut haddock fillets on a Friday night when any respectable
Weegie is getting legless in a quaffing hostelry. It was also repeated
by said Jimmy later that night when he quipped, ?You waanted me to dae
the guttin, weel I got guttered instead, ya bas,? just before he
passed out.

Subject: Re: Expression: Piss Up A Rope
From: pinkfreud-ga on 20 Nov 2004 16:15 PST
My late father-in-law, who was Canadian, used a variant: instead of
"go piss up a rope," he would say "go piss up a stump." Once I asked
him about the phrase, and he said he'd learned it while he was an
officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. I doubt that it's official
military terminiology, though. ;-)

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