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breakfast of champions

An ironic praise for food or drink that is generally considered unhealthy, especially when one consumes it for breakfast or early in the day. Taken from the advertising slogan for Wheaties brand cereal, known for featuring prominent athletes on its packaging. Ah, beer. The breakfast of champions! Don't knock it, man. Cold pizza is the breakfast of champions.
See also: breakfast, of

eat (something or someone) for breakfast

To defeat, complete, or handle something easily. Often used as part of a boast. He can challenge me all he wants, I'm not worried! I eat chumps like him for breakfast! If anyone can write a term paper in one night, it's Rich—he eats assignments like that for breakfast!
See also: breakfast, eat

like a dog's breakfast

Very messy and/or disorganized. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I really need to clean out my closet—it's starting to look like a dog's breakfast in there.
See also: breakfast, like

make a dog's breakfast (of something)

To make a mess of or completely ruin something. I thought I could trust Jim to finish the business proposal, but he made a dog's breakfast of the whole thing.
See also: breakfast, make

a dog's breakfast

A mess. I really need to clean out my closet—it's starting to look like a dog's breakfast in there.
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have (someone or something) for breakfast

To defeat, complete, or handle someone or something easily. Often used as part of a boast. He can challenge me all he wants, I'm not worried! I have chumps like him for breakfast! If anyone can write a term paper in one night, it's Rich—he has assignments like that for breakfast!
See also: breakfast, have

bed and breakfast

An establishment that functions in a manner similar to a hotel but is usually a private residence. The phrase is often called a "B and B" for short. We stayed at an adorable bed and breakfast in the countryside for our anniversary this year.
See also: and, bed, breakfast

scattered from here to breakfast

Spread out all over the place. Alludes to the notion of it taking until breakfast the next morning to gather or organize everyone or everything. I used to work with veterans in my local community, but after all these budget cuts, the vets I have to look after are scattered from here to breakfast. We've got volunteers scattered from here to breakfast looking for that missing child.

bed-and-breakfast

a type of lodging for travelers or tourists offering a place to sleep and breakfast the next morning, typically in a small inn or private home. We visited six European countries and stayed in a bed-and-breakfast every night. I had to take a bed-and-breakfast because the hotels in the city were much too expensive.

from hell to breakfast

Rur. from one end of the earth to the other; all over; everywhere. (Use with caution.) We searched from hell to breakfast, but never did find the runaway kid. I tracked that deer from hell to breakfast, but never got a shot at it.
See also: breakfast, hell

have someone for breakfast

Fig. to defeat someone with ease. Careful, she'll have you for breakfast if you're not prepared to debate her. I'm afraid they had our team for breakfast again.
See also: breakfast, have

Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.

Prov. It is good to start the day feeling hopeful, but if none of the things you hope for come to pass by the end of the day, you will feel disappointed. (Can be used to warn someone against hoping for something that is unlikely to happen.) Lisa began the day hoping that she would find work, and by the end of the day she had learned that hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.
See also: bad, breakfast, but, good, hope, supper

shoot one's cookies

 and shoot one's breakfast; shoot one's supper
Sl. to empty one's stomach; to vomit. I think I'm gonna shoot my cookies. I shot my supper, and I was glad to get rid of it.
See also: cooky, shoot

sing before breakfast, you'll cry before night

 and sing before breakfast, you'll cry before supper
Prov. If you wake up feeling very happy, your mood will change before the end of the day. Jill: I woke up in such a good mood today. I don't even know why, but everything seems good. Jane: Sing before breakfast, you'll cry before night. Alan: Good morning, dear! Isn't it a wonderful day? I feel great. Jane: Sing before breakfast, you'll cry before supper.
See also: before, cry, night, sing

will eat someone for breakfast

 and will have someone for breakfast
Fig. will defeat someone thoroughly. Watch out! Those guys are incredibly aggressive. They will eat you for breakfast.
See also: breakfast, eat, will

bed and breakfast

Also, B and B. A hotel or other hostelry that offers a room for the night and a morning meal at an inclusive price. For example, Staying at a bed and breakfast meant never having to plan morning meals. This term and the practice originated in Britain and have become widespread. [Early 1900s]
See also: and, bed, breakfast

have someone for breakfast

or

eat someone for breakfast

INFORMAL
If you say that one person will have another person for breakfast or eat them for breakfast, you mean that the first person is much stronger and more aggressive than the second. He thinks he's tough, but Jane Wooton will have him for breakfast. He was a kid thrown into a town where the miners could have eaten him for breakfast.
See also: breakfast, have, someone

a dog's breakfast

or

a dog's dinner

BRITISH
If you call something a dog's breakfast or a dog's dinner, you mean that it is badly organized or very untidy. He labelled the Government's plans `a complete dog's breakfast'. Now she's having to watch as those whom she grew up with in politics are in Cabinet and making a dog's breakfast of it. The whole place was a bit of a dog's dinner, really.
See also: breakfast

bed and breakfast

1 overnight accommodation and breakfast next morning as offered by hotels etc. 2 designating financial transactions in which shares are sold and then bought back the next morning.
See also: and, bed, breakfast

have someone for breakfast

deal with or defeat someone with contemptuous ease. informal
See also: breakfast, have, someone

a dog’s ˈbreakfast/ˈdinner

(British English, informal) a very untidy piece of work; a mess: Don’t ask Julie to help you with the decorating — she made a complete dog’s breakfast of painting the kitchen!
See also: breakfast, dinner

breakfast of champions

n. a first alcoholic drink of the day, taken in the morning, instead of breakfast. (Collegiate.) He calls it the breakfast of champions. I call it a bad sign of something out of hand.
See also: breakfast, of

donkey’s breakfast

n. something made of straw: a straw hat, a straw mattress, etc. The tourist was wearing a red dress and had a donkey’s breakfast on her head.
See also: breakfast

Mexican breakfast

n. a cigarette and a cup of coffee or a glass of water. After a Mexican breakfast, I went to Marlowe’s hotel hoping to catch him before he went out.
See also: breakfast, Mexican

shoot one’s cookies

and shoot one’s breakfast and shoot one’s supper
tv. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. I shot my supper, and I was glad to get rid of it. Whoa! I think I’m gonna shoot my cookies!
See also: cooky, shoot

shoot one’s breakfast

verb
See also: breakfast, shoot

scattered from here to breakfast

In disarray. It's been suggested that something that is total disorder would take the rest of the day and all through the night—that is, until breakfast—to correct. Also heard as “from Hell to breakfast.”
References in classic literature ?
Why, this is like old days, Arthur; you haven't been to breakfast with me these five years.
My grandfather is always a few degrees colder at breakfast than at any other hour in the day.
You shall all go and help me, and when we come back we will have bread and milk for breakfast, and make it up at dinnertime.
Hannah told one of his servants about your breakfast party.
I never wanted my breakfast when I was in India and now I always want it.
Blest with an excellent morning appetite - the delightful heritage of a clean life - he enjoyed his breakfast and thoroughly appreciated his cook's efforts.
The breakfast for these gentlemen is ready," said the host.
And now,' said the schoolmaster, dividing the bread and butter for three into as many portions as there were children, 'you had better look sharp with your breakfast, for the horn will blow in a minute or two, and then every boy leaves off.
What Billina said was true enough, and it almost took away her appetite for breakfast.
Crisparkle and the Reverend Septimus as they sat at breakfast.
Margolotte was an excellent cook and gave them a fine breakfast.
Let me say one word," he pleaded, "before we go to breakfast.
Godfrey rose and took his own breakfast earlier than usual, but lingered in the wainscoted parlour till his younger brothers had finished their meal and gone out; awaiting his father, who always took a walk with his managing-man before breakfast.
I remember, also, that on more than one occasion my landlady held an umbrella over me while I ate breakfast.
Early in the morning while my breakfast was getting ready, I strolled round by Satis House.