Piss up a rope, question

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    Where or how did the phrase "piss up a rope" originate? And what is it supposed to mean? I know it means something like f--- off, but it just seems weird.
     
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    assell's Dictionary of Slang only mentions "originally US, 20th
    century"; Chapman?s Dictionary of American Slang is a bit more
    revealing:
    "[...] by 1940s Go away and do something characteristically stupid;
    =?get lost,? ?go fly a kite?: ?He asked for another contribution and I
    told him to go piss up a rope.?"
    (SOURCE: Answer by Ken Greenwald, "piss up a rope", Wordwizard,
    December 21, 2002 <http://www.wordwizard.com/clubhouse/founddiscuss.asp?Num=3740>).

    As for the usage in other English-speaking cultures (outside the US),
    it should be noted, that all of the books listed in Amazon.com with
    this term seem to be American or to quote Americans.
     
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    Must be a regional colloquialism, an inbred region I've never been to..........
     
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    I've been using it for decades. I am not inbred and only moved to South Carolina six years ago (more than 34 years in SoCal, 3 n New Mexico).
     
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    Well you're already strange so that doesn't count. :thup:
     
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    Honey? Is that you?
     
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    Pound it up your porthole.
     
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    I always thought that by trying it, you'd be likely to piss into your own face.
     
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    To "piss up a rope" means to engage in an activity that is impossible/futile...but if you tell someone to Go piss up a rope, you're telling them the equivalent of get lost, go jump in a lake, take a long walk on a short pier ... go attempt this impossible task and don't come back until you succeed...since it can't be done, you'll never see them again.

    Can't help with origin.
     
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