Posted by Louise on May 05, 2000
In Reply to: A night on the tiles. posted by Gary on May 05, 2000
: : I saw a young lady walking home on this nippy May morning. She was only wearing a flimsy evening dress and looked really rough having obviously spent a night on the tiles! But where does the phrase come from? I'd appreciate your help.
: According to the OED:
: on the tiles:
: [after the nocturnal activities of cats] on a spree, on a debauch.
: It doesn't seem to be a very old phrase. I can't find a reference of its use earlier than 1906 anyway.
: (steady on Gary old bean - that's the kind of comment that usually precedes evidence of Shakespeare having learnt it from his granny or somesuch)
Blimey that was quick!! Thanks very much, very interesting. And obvious once you think about it!