Posted by Jeremy cox on February 27, 2001
In Reply to: Fill your boots posted by Jimbo on January 22, 2001
: I was referring to the "Newfoundland" phrase given earlier... meaning "go ahead". I know the meaning, I'm interested in the origin. Thanks, Jim
: : : : : : I'm looking for the origin/meaning of this phrase. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks.
: : : : : Do you mean like "filling someone's shoes," taking someone's place or role? Could you use the phrase in a sentence?
: : : : This one has two meanings I know of. 1) If the person who said it is from Newfoundland, Canada, then it means to take your fill of something, like "help yourself to as much as you want". 2) If you are making refernce to someone filling their boots, it refers to what would happen if you pooped your pants severely (from a fright), it would flow down and fill your boots.
: : : Wetting your pants and "filling your boots" after a fright came to my mind also. When reminds me of a phrase used to refer to someone who isn't very smart: "Couldn't pour p*ss out of a boot with the directions on the bottom."
: : Or version 3 - "He won't fill Jim's boots" - to be an unworthy replacement.
I've heard that the phrase originates form the days of the Cavaliers in England. The fashion of the time was to wear thigh-high riding boots with the breeches tucked into them. During heavy drinking sessions as the evening wore on, people became less inclined to bother going outside to the privy and "used" these boots while still drinking at the table. i.e they could drink as much as they liked and "fill their boots".