Posted by Bruce Kahl on January 03, 2002
In Reply to: Do it up brown posted by Stephen Davey on January 03, 2002
: Looking for the meaning/derivation of this phrase. Heard it in the context of, "Let's go out on the town and do it up brown."
Your phrase means "with extra emphasis" as in "He was the guest of honor at a genuine, honest-to-goodness, do-it-up-brown birthday party."
There was also a mid-fifties Country and Western song entitled
"Let's Do It Up Brown":
"Now powder your nose and straighten your hose, let's paint the town and do it up brown"
I dont know the origin.