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 Crusades (2 syl.).Crush-room (The) 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
To crush a bottlei.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.)   1
“Come and crush a cup of wine.”
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, i. 2.
   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.)   2

 Crusades (2 syl.).Crush-room (The) 


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