1. (also grapes, the grape, the grapes) wine, thus cut into the grape, to drink wine.
|Satyres I A3: My spirit is not huft vp with fatte fume / Of slimie Ale, nor Bacchus heating grape.‘To Detraction’|
|Miseries of an Enforced Marriage Act III: Here’s the pure and neat grape, gentlemen.|
|Old Law (1656) IV i: The Sages never drunk better Grape.|
|‘Upon a Surfeit Caught by Drinking Bad Sack’ in(1969) 150: Our poet-ape, that do so much impute / unto the grape’s inspirement.|
|‘On a Campaign Miss’ in Pills to Purge Melancholy II 209: She’s Young while she drinks, / ’tis the Grape makes her gay.|
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy IV 203: [as prev.] She’s young while she Drinks, / ’tis the Grape makes her gay.|
|Hist of Pompey Little I 113: The generous God of the Grape had cast such a Mist over their Understanding, that they were insensible.|
|Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 27: Though fond of the grape [she] does not chose to drink more than procures the wished for effect.|
|Billy Baxter’s Letters 17: Ordinarily I call the booze clerk by his first name, but when you are cutting into the grape at four dollars per, you always want to say Mr. Bartender.|
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 65: Attorneys Hash and Shortribs, flirting with a bottle of the grape.|
|Taking the Count 60: You’ve got to cut into the grape to show you’re a good fellow.‘Sporting Doctor’|
|New York Day by Day 19 June [synd. col.] Two sporting men were seated at a table, nearby. They were cutting into the grape.|
|Hand-made Fables 319: The Male Guests throwing Solid Formation against the Grape.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 251: Mr. Conde gets a couple of jolts of the old grape.‘Madame La Gimp’|
|(con. 1944) Gallery (1948) 81: No rough edges in your relations with others to be lubricated with the grape.|
|Riverslake 71: ‘The grape!’ Murdoch exulted close against Randolph’s ear.|
|Where the Boys Are 93: I clue you, nobody can be more fungous than middle-agers on the grape.|
|Venetian Blonde (2006) 215: He’s on the grape [...] he’s been a wino since he was fourteen.|
|Vulture (1996) 43: Nissy was a wino, man dedicated to the pursuit of the grape.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 187: There are many vernacular terms for wine — the grapes, the berries, the vine [...] smash.|
|‘Drop the Dough’ [lyrics] on Life After Death [album] Pop corks of the best grapes / Make the best CDs and the best tapes.|
2. any form of liquor.
|(con. 1926) Schnozzola 100: The grape flowed.|
|Among Cinders 76: [of brandy] Great stuff. Nothing to beat the pure grape.|
|Syndey Morn. Herald 7 June 35/5: It doesn’t matter if he’s in the grip of the grape and full as a fairy’s phonebook.|
3. (Aus./US black) in pl., haemorrhoids.
|DAUL 86/1: Grapes. Hemorrhoids.et al.|
|Aus. Lang. (2nd edn).|
|Queens’ Vernacular 99: grapes any unsightly conglomeration stuck to the anal hairs or found adhering to the anal tissue itself: dingle-berries, venereal warts and hemorrhoids are all classified as grapes.|
4. (US prison) an alcoholic.
|Animal Factory 14: The wino was snoring lustily, spittle drooling from his toothless mouth. In jail vernacular he was a ‘grape’.|
|Mr Blue 317: An old wino shaking from age and booze who was having a hard time maintaining his balance while stripping down. [...] ‘Fucking old grape,’ the youth said to the trembling old man.|
5. in pl., the female breasts.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 141: There are a number of vernacular terms that refer to a woman’s breasts as big, tasty, touchable, and formidable – grapes, apples.|
6. in pl., the testicles.
|Walking With Ghosts (2000) 291: I tried to kick him in the grapes.|
|Wire ser. 2 ep. 8 [TV script] ‘What d’you know? A pussy that’s got some grapes on him.’ ‘Banana too’.‘Duck and Cover’|
(US black) an alcoholic who prefers wine to other drinks; thus the female version, grape-chick.
|‘Jiver’s Bible’ in Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.|
an alcoholic, a wino.
|Grand Central Winter (1999) 28: ‘You can get clothes here?’ I asked the weathered grapehead teetering on his feet at the end of the line.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
(US black) wine.
|Jive and Sl.|
SE in slang uses
wine; also attrib.
|Eng. Poets XI (1810) 511/2: When I left you, I found myself of the grape’s juice sick.‘Epistle to Two Friends’ in Chalmers|
|Belle’s Stratagem 8: I was carried from her house at five this morning, [...] much overloaden [sic] with the juice of the grape.|
|‘Woman’s Dial’ Gentleman’s Spicey Songster 6: So with grape-juice contrived to make their dad drunk / Then each of them got him to open her trunk.|
|Sporting Times 10 Mar. 1/4: [He] arrived at the wine merchant’s office, rushed in and slapped down the cheque, which the astonished grape-juice vendor promptly collared.|
|Sporting Times 7 Mar. 1/5: He walked into the wine merchant’s office as bold as brass and asked if the purveyor of the juice of the grape could sell him a few cases of Imperial quarts of champagne.|
|Darkey Dialect Discourses 31: Grape juice is as old as de Garden of Eden whar it was fust brewed.|
|Man’s Grim Justice 140: I didn’t mind her tossing the ten-dollar-a-bottle grape juice into the cuspidor.|
|Norman’s London (1969) 83: Personally this [i.e. 10:00 am] is a bit early in the morning for me to start caning the the grape juice.in Lilliput June|
|Venetian Blonde (2006) 231: I opened the closet and began pouring his grapejuice down the drain.|
(US campus) one who identifies with the styles and concerns of the Sixties.
|Campus Sl. Spring.|
|in AS LVII:4 289: When LSD is mixed with other drugs [...] [s]uch mixtures are today called [...] grape parfait.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 11: Grape parfait — LSD.|
any person of Mediterranean origin, e.g. Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek.
|(con. early 1950s) Valhalla 27: Will you tell this superstitious grape squasher that no Mongolians in Korea was seven feet tall.|
|Maledicta II:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 157: Grape-stomper Applied indiscriminately to those of European Latin extraction – French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italians, and Romanians.|
|Maledicta VII 27: Italians, also recently, were dubbed grape stomper and earlier but rarely wino.|
see separate entry.
1. a puritan, a ‘kill-joy’.
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.|
2. a bore, one who depresses or irritates the company by their presence.
|We Were the Rats 9: All the girls’ll be going with their boy friends and I don’t want to be a grape on the business.|
|Tell Us About the Turkey, Jo 65: She is a grape on the business on account of having no bloke.‘You’re a Character’ in|
|Sleuth is Mightier than the Sword 156: Don’t be a grape on the business, Riley! No need to be a drag on cheery company.|
(US) to be sycophantic.
|Iron Orchard (1967) 39: You can win Mister Drum over by your charming personality, which means kissin’ his ass — grapin’ up, as they call it.|
(Aus.) to feel hostile towards someone or something.
|in These Are My People (1957) 142: I’ve always been a grape on crook meat.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 495: [...] since ca. 1925.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
see go peddle your fish! under peddle v.