A corruption of greesing stairs. Greesings (steps) still
survives in the architectural word grees, and in the compound
word de-grees. There is still on the hill at Lincoln a flight
of stone steps called “Grecian stairs.”
“Paul stood on the greezen [i.e. stairs].” —Wicliffe: Acts
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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