square meal


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square meal

n.
A substantial, nourishing meal.

square meal

n
(Cookery) a substantial meal consisting of enough food to satisfy

square′ meal′


n.
a nourishing or filling meal.
[1830–40]

square meal

- May derive from the square platters used for serving meals on ships.
See also related terms for ships.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.square meal - a substantial and nourishing meal; "he seldom got three square meals a day"
meal, repast - the food served and eaten at one time
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It contains soup, fish, roast meat, salad, apple-dumplings, ice cream and chocolate- drops, all boiled down to this small size, so it can be conveniently carried and swallowed when you are hungry and need a square meal.
Strickland used to come here now and then to have a square meal or to play chess with one of the boys.
That sounds like a square meal," remarked the King, seating himself opposite her; "but perhaps it wasn't a square piano.
You talk love and marriage to me, very much against my wish, and go mooning around over the plantation week after week because you can't have me, and look at me when you think I'm not noticing and when all the time I'm wondering when you had your last square meal because of the hungry look in your eyes, and make eyes at my revolver-belt hanging on a nail, and fight duels about me, and all the rest--and--and now, when I say I'll marry you, you do yourself the honour of refusing me.
Their idea of a square meal is a pound and a half of roast beef with five or six good-sized potatoes (soapy ones preferred as being more substantial), plenty of greens, and four thick slices of Yorkshire pudding, followed by a couple of currant dumplings, a few green apples, a pen'orth of nuts, half a dozen jumbles, and a bottle of ginger-beer.
Many varieties of fruit grew in abundance about us; and as Martian calots are omnivorous, Woola had no difficulty in making a square meal after I had brought down the viands for him.
Well, I'll give him a square meal and then he must return to whence he came," said Anne resolutely.
We continued up the Tamar several miles, filled our casks, and then landed to cook some of our deer steak, and have the first square meal that had fallen to our lot since the Coldwater deserted us.
My presence gave the monks hope, and cheered them up a good deal; insomuch that they ate a square meal that night for the first time in ten days.
And the otters had cleared off all the frogs while he was asleep in winter--"I have not had a good square meal for a fortnight, I am living on pig-nuts.
Their hungry eyes and their lank forms continually suggested one glaring, unsentimental fact--they wanted what they term in California "a square meal.
said the woman at the counter, without moving, "right up from a cracker to a square meal.