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?"
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.
"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"