To crush a bottle —i.e. drink one. Cf. Milton's
crush the sweet poison. The idea is that of crushing the grapes.
Shakespeare has also burst a bottle in the same sense (Induction
of Taming the Shrew). (See Crack.)
“Come and crush a cup of wine.”
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet,
To crush a fly on a wheel.
To crack a nut with a steam-hammer; to employ power far too
valuable for the purpose to be accomplished. The wheel referred to is
the rack. (See
Break A Butterfly.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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