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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
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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
    
@Nicholas: you might be on to something, all the references i see are in British English. –  JoseK Aug 4 '11 at 6:11
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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.

also

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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