dine off

dine off something

to make a meal of something; to make many meals of something. Do you think we can dine off the leg of lamb for more than one meal? I hope we dine off the turkey only one more time.
See also: dine, off
References in classic literature ?
People who are to be comfortable are accustomed to lie on sofas, and dine off tables, and they should have sauces and sweets in the modern style.
He drops his two keys back into his pocket one by one, and buttons them up; he takes his dinner-bundle from the chair-back on which he hung it when he came in; he distributes the weight he carries, by tying the third key up in it, as though he were an Ostrich, and liked to dine off cold iron; and he gets out of the room, deigning no word of answer.
Lean from sickness, her skin mangy with the dry scales of the disease called bukua, she was tied hand and foot and, like a pig, slung from a stout pole that rested on the shoulders of the bearers, who intended to dine off of her.
It came up hot at about my time every day, and many a day did I dine off it.
The message from Hughes is nobody will be allowed to dine off last season's historic successes at Hampden and in qualifying for the Europa League.
If you prefer, you can also pay an extra PS25 per person to dine off the a la carte menu.
If a guest chooses to dine off property for dinner a $100 resort credit will be issued for guests' use during their stay.
So at a time when Britain is being told to dine on gruel and water, the ConDem big shots look like they dine off the fat of the land.
Guests who dine off the special menu will receive a commemorative place mat from the Space Needle's earliest restaurant, Eye of the Needle.
For more than a month, patients have been forced to dine off plastic plates because of this problem, which hardly seems too difficult to rectify.
The cards will treat families who are staying at the house to dine off site.
Because zebra mussels reproduce rapidly -- an adult female produces up to 50,000 eggs a year -- and eat massive amounts of phytoplankton, they have the potential to overwhelm and starve out native species, such as clams, which dine off the lower end of the food chain.
SIR Paul McCartney has invited 300 guests to his Irish wedding to Heather Mills next week and they will dine off gold plates, claims a US columnist.
They could afford to dine off champagne and caviar every day of the week but they plumped for good old fish and chips.
Patrons will have the opportunity to dine off of a special menu, prepared exclusively for them by Guy Fieri, Mario Batali, or more than a dozen other renowned Bay Area chefs, including: Douglas Keane, John Ash, Domenica Catelli and Kendall-Jackson Executive Chef Justin Wangler.