2006-08-15 20:08:31 UTC
"to do something up brown"
seems to mean in the enclosed context
"do something properly."
Any idea about its origins?
It seems to be old-fashioned.
An orchestra with first-class musickers and a swell conductor--and I
believe we ought _to do the thing up brown_ and get one of the
highest-paid conductors on the market, providing he ain't a Hun--it
goes right into Beantown and New York and Washington; it plays at the
best theaters to the most cultured and moneyed people; it gives such
class-advertising as a town can get in no other way; and the guy who
is so short-sighted as to crab this orchestra proposition is passing
up the chance to impress the glorious name of Zenith on some big New
York millionaire that might--that might establish a branch factory
Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt