The earliest match for "piss and vinegar" is from Djuna Barnes, Nightwood At medieval markets, unscrupulous traders would display a pig for sale. Redskin is a slang term used for American Indians. It's most likely that the phrase originated around then, possibly as an adaptation of the existing 'vig and vigour', which means much the same. Telling an entire story in a single word. Even today phrases like "pot to piss in" and "Full of Piss and Vinegar" are somehow considered to be generally acceptable and only moderately crude. During the s vinegar was used to mean vitality and energy and that's the meaning in 'piss and vinegar' and 'pep and vinegar'. Having or pursuing multiple opportunities simultaneously. From the early days of baseball, a pitcher who "had nothing on the ball" was one who was having a bad outing. Test your vocabulary with our question quiz! That is where they're going to end up anyway. Cesar Manara. A niggard; miser: Namespaces Entry Discussion. Featured on Meta. Piss and Vinegar unknown. I am old enough to remember the phrase.