Paint the town red

Definition

The phrase ‘Paint the town red’ is an idiom used to describe a wild and exuberant night of partying or celebration.

Examples

My friends and I decided to paint the town red on my 21st birthday!

We had a great time painting the town red last weekend!

Origin

The phrase originated in the 19th century and is thought to have been derived from an incident in the UK town of Melton Mowbray, where a group of rowdy young men painted the walls of several buildings red.

FAQs

What does ‘paint the town red’ mean?

It means to enjoy oneself and party wildly, usually in a public place.

Where does the phrase ‘paint the town red’ come from?

The phrase originated in the 19th century and is thought to have been derived from an incident in the UK town of Melton Mowbray, where a group of rowdy young men painted the walls of several buildings red.