Full of piss and vinegar Other phrases about: I imagine the spit variant arose during a more conservative time. Though using it would mark you piss and vigor a bit old-fashioned because on the whole, the idiom's usage has all but faded. I am old enough to remember the phrase.
The meaning and origin of the expression: Full of piss and vinegar
In the South, it is still used frequently. Apparently this phrase has several origins and forms. Those earlier citations appear to indicate a more negative meaning to the phrase. It's most likely that the phrase originated around then, possibly as an adaptation of the existing 'vig and vigour', piss and vigor means much the same.
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Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. Full of piss and vinegar Other phrases about: The phrase is used to convey anger whether speaking piss and vigor a circumstance or another person. This came up yesterday.