Posted by Bruce Kahl on November 17, 1999

In Reply to: Spree posted by Richard on November 17, 1999

: any ideas about the derivation or origin of the expression "to go on the spree"

Ab Websters:

A spree is an unrestrained indulgence in or outburst of an activity--A merry frolic!
Traced from the Gaelic "spraic" or "spre"--
spark,animation or spirit.
From the Icelandic "spr[ae]kr"--sprightly, with vigor; quick,lively,alert.