What is the meaning of the phrase “Stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen” ? Thank you.?

I believe it's rather a phrase. Maybe the context will help : "You asked me for a glass of water and I said I'm not a waiter. And you said sorry.

And I said, listen, why don't we quit the

grinnin' and drop the linen?"

7 Answers

  • It means that we have no time for any laughs. Drop down your fine clothes and get to work in your rough overalls.


  • if you went into a doctor's surgery (or a police station)and were told to "drop your trousers" you would undo your trousers and let them drop to the floor. Pamela

    : I hope this doesn't bring down the tone of the site, but a related phrase is "drop trou", which means to drop one's trousers (or pants as we tend to say in the U.S.). "Drop trou" is a slang expression that is associated with naughty goings-on rather than with a visit to the doctor's office.

    Drop your linen and come a grinnin'. Or: Stop your grinnin' and drop your linen.


  • Sounds to me like it means, "Stop laughing, I'm going to spank you."

    But who knows? If I were rational in the least, I'd probably suggest...

    Stop smiling, because you need to drop your pants? Or some kind of linen material?

    Grinning = Smiling.

    Linen = Clothy material.


  • Original meaning:

    "Stop fooling around and get to (or get ready to) work."

    Newer references or uses can be:

    "No time to laugh. We're (or you're) about to get '******'."

  • It means stop мᴀsтuʀʙᴀтing and get to reality/work. "Grinin'" comes from touching yourself and you do that under the "linen." Linen means bed sheet.

  • It means "Drop your Panties"

  • Idk.

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