Posted by Smokey Stover on February 15, 2008 at 09:17:
In Reply to: Little red wagon posted by JBAdams on February 15, 2008 at 09:17:
: Does anyone know the origin of "That'll fix his little red wagon"?
You have mixed together two expressions, although you're far from the first to do so. Each is in the archive. Back-pedal one page, enter "fix his wagon" in the search box, and click. It means "fix" in the sense of disable. It's pure sarcasm, expressive of a desire to get the other guy, or get back at him. This venomous phrase is not so much in use these days.
Now do the same for "Little red wagon," a nostalgic look to the era when little kids often got a Radio Flyer Red Wagon at Christmas (or any other time) to tool around in. Great present for a kid, lots of fun, and an always cheerful look back at childhood. Grown-ups sometimes borrowed the little red wagon for lack of a wheelbarrow for suitable jobs in the lawn and garden.