Posted by David FG on July 17, 2005
In Reply to: 'There's more life in a tramp's vest' posted by Victora S Dennis on July 17, 2005
: : Could anyone tell me what is the meaning of the phrase 'There's more life in a tramp's vest'?
: The presumption is that a tramp's vest is full of insect life, e.g. lice, fleas and so on.
And by extension, the person referred to is completely lifeless: idle, unenthusiastic, lethargic or whatever: the usual phrase (in my experience) being 'I've seen more life in a tramp's vest'.