peel me a grape
First recorded use by Mae West in the 1933 film I'm no Angel: "Beulah, peel me a grape."
- A request to be pampered and to have one's whims indulged.
2006, Whitney Balliett -, American Singers: Twenty-Seven Portraits in Song, ↑ISBN, page 242:
- His early, brilliant "Peel Me a Grape," which has long been one of Blossom Dearie's anthems, laughs at social ennui in the seventies and eighties in the way that Cole Porter laughed at it in the thirties: Peel me a grape, crush me some ice, Skin me a peach, save the fuzz for my pillow, Start me a smoke, talk to me nice, You gotta wine me and dine me, Don't try and fool me, bejewel me, Either amuse me or lose me, I'm gettin' hungry -- peel me a grape.
2009, Ronald B. Allen & Beverly Allen, Liberated Traditionalism: Men and Women in Balance, ↑ISBN, page 91:
- Can't you hear Adam say to her, “Peel me a grape, Lilith.” And her response: “Peel it yourself! And while you are at it, where's dinner?”
2011, Maggie Graham, Me and My Animals, ↑ISBN, page 80:
- Half an hour later when dad and I ventured into the lounge, mum glaring at us with a face like thunder, Kim was lying contentedly next to Armalade in front of the fire, a real con merchant if ever there was one, basking in all the attention. Talk about peel me a grape!
2011, Michael R. Häack, Passport: A Novel of Adventure and Intrigue, ↑ISBN, page 414:
- “Daaaahlings I say, please refill my glass and peel me a grape.” She grinned and mugged it up for us gathered proletariat.
Often used as a sarcastic retort to a trivial request.