Posted by ESC on June 09, 2007
In Reply to: Tearin' up Jack posted by Smokey Stover on June 09, 2007
: : Anyone know the origin of the phrase "tearin' up Jack?" I understand it to mean "causing a ruckus" as in: The two boys were outside just tearin' up Jack.
: If they were tearing up jack (lower case, please), they were tearing up pretty much anything and everything, which is one way to cause a ruckus.
In a previous discussion we determined that "jack" used to be a generic term for a man, a guy, etc. http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/4/messages/946.html