a square meal

square meal

A wholesome, nutritious meal. The hot lunch program at school provides square meals for underprivileged children.
See also: meal, square

a square meal

A square meal is a large, healthy meal that makes you feel you have eaten enough. The troops were tired and hadn't had a square meal for five days. Do you survive on yogurt at lunchtime while your partner wants a square meal? Note: On sailing ships in the past, sailors ate off square wooden plates.
See also: meal, square

a square ˈmeal

a large and satisfying meal: The children get three square meals a day.
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.
Think how tired your jaws would get chewing a square meal like this, if it were not condensed to the size of a small tablet--which you can swallow in a jiffy.
Chamberlain, take these people over to my brother, the Grand Duke's, and give them 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.