Green’s Dictionary of Slang

grape n.1

1. (also grapes, the grape, the grapes) wine, thus cut into the grape, to drink wine.

[UK]Marston ‘To Detraction’ Satyres I A3: My spirit is not huft vp with fatte fume / Of slimie Ale, nor Bacchus heating grape.
[UK]G. Wilkins Miseries of an Enforced Marriage Act III: Here’s the pure and neat grape, gentlemen.
[UK]Middleton & Rowley Old Law (1656) IV i: The Sages never drunk better Grape.
[UK] ‘Upon a Surfeit Caught by Drinking Bad Sack’ in Wardroper (1969) 150: Our poet-ape, that do so much impute / unto the grape’s inspirement.
[UK] ‘On a Campaign Miss’ in Playford Pills to Purge Melancholy II 209: She’s Young while she drinks, / ’tis the Grape makes her gay.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy IV 203: [as prev.] She’s young while she Drinks, / ’tis the Grape makes her gay.
[UK]F. Coventry Hist of Pompey Little I 113: The generous God of the Grape had cast such a Mist over their Understanding, that they were insensible.
[UK]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.
[US]W.J. Kountz 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.
[US]B. Fisher A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 65: Attorneys Hash and Shortribs, flirting with a bottle of the grape.
[US]Van Loan ‘Sporting Doctor’ Taking the Count 60: You’ve got to cut into the grape to show you’re a good fellow.
[US]O.O. McIntyre New York Day by Day 19 June [synd. col.] Two sporting men were seated at a table, nearby. They were cutting into the grape.
[US]Ade Hand-made Fables 319: The Male Guests throwing Solid Formation against the Grape.
[US]D. Runyon ‘Madame La Gimp’ Runyon on Broadway (1954) 251: Mr. Conde gets a couple of jolts of the old grape.
[US](con. 1944) J.H. Burns Gallery (1948) 81: No rough edges in your relations with others to be lubricated with the grape.
[Aus]T.A.G. Hungerford Riverslake 71: ‘The grape!’ Murdoch exulted close against Randolph’s ear.
[US]G. Swarthout Where the Boys Are 93: I clue you, nobody can be more fungous than middle-agers on the grape.
[US]A.S. Fleischman Venetian Blonde (2006) 215: He’s on the grape [...] he’s been a wino since he was fourteen.
[US]G. Scott-Heron Vulture (1996) 43: Nissy was a wino, man dedicated to the pursuit of the grape.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 187: There are many vernacular terms for wine — the grapes, the berries, the vine [...] smash.
Notorious B.I.G. ‘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.

[US](con. 1926) G. Fowler Schnozzola 100: The grape flowed.
[UK]M. Shadbolt Among Cinders 76: [of brandy] Great stuff. Nothing to beat the pure grape.
[Aus]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.

[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 86/1: Grapes. Hemorrhoids.
[Aus]Baker Aus. Lang. (2nd edn).
[US]B. Rodgers 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.

[US]E. Bunker Animal Factory 14: The wino was snoring lustily, spittle drooling from his toothless mouth. In jail vernacular he was a ‘grape’.
[US]E. Bunker 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.

[US]E. Folb 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.

[UK]J. Baker Walking With Ghosts (2000) 291: I tried to kick him in the grapes.
[US]Simon & Pelecanos ‘Duck and Cover’ Wire ser. 2 ep. 8 [TV script] ‘What d’you know? A pussy that’s got some grapes on him.’ ‘Banana too’.

In compounds

grapehead (n.)

an alcoholic, a wino.

[US]L. Stringer 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.

In phrases

grapes of wrath (n.) [sense 1 above + pun on the biblical use + the then-recent publication of John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939)]

(US black) wine.

[US]M.H. Boulware Jive and Sl.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

grape-juice (n.) (also grape’s juice, juice of the grape)

wine; also attrib.

[UK]Swift ‘Epistle to Two Friends’ in Chalmers Eng. Poets XI (1810) 511/2: When I left you, I found myself of the grape’s juice sick.
[UK]Belle’s Stratagem 8: I was carried from her house at five this morning, [...] much overloaden [sic] with the juice of the grape.
[UK] ‘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.
[UK]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.
[UK]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.
[US]F. Dumont Darkey Dialect Discourses 31: Grape juice is as old as de Garden of Eden whar it was fust brewed.
[US]J. Callahan Man’s Grim Justice 140: I didn’t mind her tossing the ten-dollar-a-bottle grape juice into the cuspidor.
[UK]F. Norman in Lilliput June 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.
[US]A.S. Fleischman Venetian Blonde (2006) 231: I opened the closet and began pouring his grapejuice down the drain.
grape-nut (n.) [the healthiness of the breakfast cereal, Grape-Nuts]

(US campus) one who identifies with the styles and concerns of the Sixties.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Spring.
grape parfait (n.) [when packaged in purple pills]

(drugs) LSD.

[US] S.N. Pradhan Drug Abuse.
[US] in AS LVII:4 289: When LSD is mixed with other drugs [...] [s]uch mixtures are today called [...] grape parfait.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 11: Grape parfait — LSD.
grape-stomper (n.) (also grape-squasher) [the viticulture practised in these countries]

any person of Mediterranean origin, e.g. Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek.

[US](con. early 1950s) J. Peacock Valhalla 27: Will you tell this superstitious grape squasher that no Mongolians in Korea was seven feet tall.
[US]Maledicta II:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 157: Grape-stomper Applied indiscriminately to those of European Latin extraction – French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italians, and Romanians.
[US]Maledicta VII 27: Italians, also recently, were dubbed grape stomper and earlier but rarely wino.
grapevine (n.)

see separate entry.

In phrases

grape on the business (n.) [? SE phr. sour grapes] (Aus.)

1. a puritan, a ‘kill-joy’.

[Aus]Baker Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.

2. a bore, one who depresses or irritates the company by their presence.

[Aus]L. Glassop 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.
[Aus]A. Marshall ‘You’re a Character’ in Tell Us About the Turkey, Jo 65: She is a grape on the business on account of having no bloke.
[Aus]J.A. Gunderson 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.
grape up (v.)

(US) to be sycophantic.

[US]‘Tom Pendleton’ 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.
have a grape on (v.) (also be a grape on) [? SE sour grapes]

(Aus.) to feel hostile towards someone or something.

[Aus] in A. Marshall These Are My People (1957) 142: I’ve always been a grape on crook meat.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 495: [...] since ca. 1925.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.

In exclamations