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I read this on a sports website, where a fan is welcoming a new signing in their team.

I assume this means one is really excited, but what is the meaning of "crush a grape" - does it imply opening a bottle of champagne? or some test of physical strength?

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I've never heard this phrase before, but is it possible to get some context for where you found this? – simchona Aug 4 '11 at 5:38
on a football website, a fan has written to welcome a new signing in their team. – shinynewbike Aug 4 '11 at 5:41
Yes, can you please add that bit of the message to your question? – simchona Aug 4 '11 at 5:42
According to Wikipedia, "Oooh, I could crush a grape" was the catchphrase of Stu Francis, a British comedian and lead presenter on the children's show Crackerjack. As an American, I've never heard of Stu Francis, and Crackerjack to me is a delicious popcorn-based snack. Therefore, I don't know whether (or why) this is what's being referenced by that fan. It might, however, be a fruitful area of research. – Nicholas Aug 4 '11 at 6:06
I think it was used ironically ie. the speaker was underwhelmed. – user20227 Apr 17 '12 at 21:37
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It came from the children's tv show Crackerjack, in which a man called Stu Francis used to shout catchphrases,:

Stu Francis also did a stand-up routine on occasion, using such catchphrases as "Ooh I Could Crush A Grape/Jump Off A Doll`s House" etc.


Stu Francis (born 1951, Bolton, Lancashire, England) is a British comedian with a camp style of delivery who achieved celebrity as lead presenter on the children's television programme Crackerjack (1979–1984), on which his catchphrase was "Ooh! I could crush a grape".

This show was really popular, so "I'm so excited I could crush a grape." became in common use, basically meaning "I'm really excited", and the rest was just for comedy.

N.B., other catchphrases from Crackerjack include:

“Ooh, I could crush a grape/rip a tissue/pummel a peach”),

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There seems to be some debate as to whether 'I could crush a grape' was used to mean 'I'm genuinely excited' or 'I'm supposed to be excited about this but I'm underwhelmed'. As it was used in a children's show watched also by adults, I would suggest that the children would assume the former but the real meaning for the adults was the latter. For the background see http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/don-t-mind-remembered-crush-grape-man/story-11949409-detail/story.html

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