E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
To crush a bottlei.e. drink one. Cf. Miltons 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, 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.)