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mess kit

n.
A set of cooking and eating utensils compactly arranged in a kit, used by soldiers and campers.
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mess kit

n
1. (Military) Brit formal evening wear for officers
2. (Military) Also called: mess gear eating utensils used esp in the field
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mess′ kit`


n.
a portable set of cooking and eating utensils, used esp. by soldiers and campers. Also called mess′ gear`.
[1875–80]
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Noun1.mess kit - kit containing a metal dish and eating utensilsmess kit - kit containing a metal dish and eating utensils; used by soldiers and campers
kit, outfit - gear consisting of a set of articles or tools for a specified purpose
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Consider these few instances cited by Rocky: enlisted men made to wait on tables in the officers' mess; enlisted men eating from their mess kits (and washing them in a common can of hot water) while officers used plates, knives, and forks; officers appropriating lumber and other items for their personal use; enlisted men made to dig and build an officers' latrine first; and the eternal complaints about officers getting preference for dating nurses and Red Cross workers.
* Mess kits or other basic eating and cooking utensils
I had some stuff in my car - old Army mess kits and my husband's dress uniform.
Everyone ate in their mess kits, even the lieutenant colonel, but no one seemed to mind.
Approximately 300 guests, attired in the full splendour of evening gowns, mess kits and tuxedos, attended this year's gala dinner.
Caution about using military language, for instance, resulted in the translation of "mess kits" into "absorbent cotton." This book was originally published in Japanese in 1969 and this is the first translation.
Formal dinner nights were started on the first four nights of the week, though in normal working dress as our Mess kits were still lying with heavy baggage back in Quetta.
All-original equipment from tanks to mess kits, 150 re-enactors and more will be featured and participate in performances at 11 a.m.
A number of brand-name ready-made mess kits containing food rations and a chemical heating element are available on the market.
* Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
"It has also been a great chance for me to dust off my mess kit and join other ex-service men and women who also entered into the spirit of the evening by getting togged up in their mess kits too."