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?

  • I've never heard this phrase before, but is it possible to get some context for where you found this?
    – simchona
    Aug 4, 2011 at 5:38
  • on a football website, a fan has written to welcome a new signing in their team. Aug 4, 2011 at 5:41
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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, 2011 at 6:06
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    I think it was used ironically ie. the speaker was underwhelmed.
    – user20227
    Apr 17, 2012 at 21:37
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    I simply couldn't stand this catchphrase as a kid Sep 30, 2016 at 21:04

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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”),


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

  • The link no longer works, and this is why we try and tell users to write a summary or quote a few lines IN their answers instead of just adding a link.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 3, 2019 at 11:01

In "The Code of the Woosters" by P.G. Woodhouse (first published in 1938), Stiffy Byng tells Bertram Wooster “I'm so happy I could bite a grape” about her upcoming wedding and it doesn't seem like she's underwhelmed.


I remember hearing the phrase as: “I feel so strong, I could crush a grape!” Most likely from Frankie Howerd, Ken Dodd or Larry Grayson.

  • All of whom were British comedians (I use the term loosely) from the 1960s and 70s
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 19, 2020 at 18:54
  • Bobby Ball of Cannon and Ball ('80s-'90s) used to exclaim it when excited. Jun 19, 2020 at 19:05

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