a bite to eat

a bite to eat

A meal, often a small or quick one. We don't have a lot of time, so let's just grab a quick bite to eat before the movie starts. Let's pull off at the next rest stop to grab a bite to eat.
See also: bite, eat

a bite to eat

a small meal You'll feel better once you've had a bite to eat.
Usage notes: often used with quick: I usually sleep late and just have a quick bite to eat when I get to work.
See also: bite, eat
References in classic literature ?
And you'll just wipe a tear away for poor old Daylight, and kind of lean toward me with a willing expression in your eye, and then I'll blush maybe some, being a young fellow, and put my arm around you, like that, and then--why, then I'll up and marry my brother's widow, and go out and do the chores while she's cooking a bite to eat.
I made fast to a willow; then I took a bite to eat, and by and by laid down in the canoe to smoke a pipe and lay out a plan.
And with old Barry I have my surety of a bite to eat and a place by the fire.
Set down an' talk a spell, and then we'll have a bite to eat.