I was just re-watching the first season of “All Creatures Great and Small”. In one episode James and his blind date get falling-down drunk at a dance. In a later episode he says of the incident, “And suddenly she goes green, drops her trifle, and passes out right in front of me.” I don’t think she was holding a dish of the British dessert by that name. Then I thought this might mean “vomits”, but that didn’t happen, either.
I’ve never heard it. I think the Coronation Street reference was a real trifle. Stu Francis was the host of Crackerjack, a silly custard pie type of show where contestants played a game where they had to hold prizes without dropping them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crackerjack_(TV_series)
Which episode were you watching? It’s probably on YouTube.
A dance of the type to which he generally took girls would have served a light buffet supper which could easily have included trifle. I’ve never heard it as a euphemistic expression, but even if I had, in this context I’d guess that she actually dropped a plate of trifle.
It’s layers of spongecake, fruit jelly/jell-o, custard and whipped cream. Usually some fruit such as cherries, raspberries or strawberries in it too. Served in a bowl or glass. Sometimes the sponge is soaked in sherry.
I think Z_C is using “trifles” here in the sense of “small unimportant things” - trifling snacks, perhaps - not the desert trifle. I don’t agree with this interpretation (I too am fairly sure it’s an actual trifle) but I think that’s what he’s getting at.