paint the town red


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paint the town red

To go out into a city or town and have a good time, usually by drinking alcohol and going dancing. After our exams finished, we all decided to get dressed up and paint the town red. A: "I was thinking I might go to a museum or the library." B: "Wow, you're really going to paint the town red, huh?"
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paint the town (red)

Sl. to go out and celebrate; to go on a drinking bout; to get drunk. I feel like celebrating my promotion. Let's go out and paint the town. They were out painting the town red last night.
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paint the town red

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]
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paint the town red

If you paint the town red, you go out and enjoy yourself, often drinking alcohol and dancing. Don't you and the other sisters ever paint the town red? Preparing yourself to paint the town red on a Saturday night just doesn't have the same buzz without suitable music to get ready to. Note: This expression is said to have originated in the Wild West. It may have been used to describe groups of Native Americans setting fire to towns. Another possibility is that it referred to cowboys threatening to `paint the town red' with the blood of anyone who tried to stop their drunken behaviour.
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paint the town red

go out and enjoy yourself flamboyantly. informal
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paint the town ˈred

(informal) go to a lot of different bars, clubs, etc. and enjoy yourself: It was the end of term and students decided to go out and paint the town red.
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paint the town

verb
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paint the town (red)

tv. to go out and celebrate; to go on a drinking bout; to get drunk. They were out painting the town red last night.
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paint the town red

Slang
To go on a spree.
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The 25-year-old, who's engaged to taxi driver Mark Croft, 34, left her hometown of Warrington behind to paint the town red with Gillian McKeith and sexy opera singer Marina Laslo on Tuesday.
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