spike the bouquet

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Pavel Pin, Dec 31, 2017.

  1. Pavel Pin Senior Member

    Ike: Tell me. When you get to the altar, do you spike the bouquet?
    Maggie: Okay, you know what--
    Ike: Well, I'm off.

    What is the meaning of "spike the bouquet"?
    Source: Runaway Bride 1999
  2. dojibear

    dojibear Senior Member

    Fresno CA
    English - Northeast US
    In the sport of American Football, after a runner has scored a touchdown (by carrying the ball past the goal line) and the play has ended, the runner sometimes celebrates. The celebration may be a little dance, or it may be throwing the ball very hard against the ground, so that it bounces high. That second one is called "spiking the ball" -- throwing it very hard against the ground as a victory celebration.

    In recent years, in professional football, players got carried away with these celebrations, and rules were made forbidding them.

    Ike is making a ridiculous suggestion: that Maggie will "spike" the bouquet of flowers to celebrate her "victory" of getting married.

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