a square meal

a square meal

a big meal that provides your body with all the different types of food it needs to stay healthy Most of these supermodels don't look like they've had a square meal in their life. If you're only eating a chocolate bar for lunch you need a good square meal in the evening.
See also: meal, square
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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.
said the woman at the counter, without moving, "right up from a cracker to a square meal.
Get yourself a snack outside, but not a square meal if you can resist one.