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dine at (some place)
To eat somewhere, often a place other than one's home, such as at a restaurant. We dined at our favorite restaurant tonight because neither of us felt like cooking.
To eat at one's home, as opposed to eating at a restaurant ("dining out"). Neither of us felt like going out, so we dined in tonight.
dine off (something)
To eat something, often for several meals. I made so much lasagna that we can dine off it all week.
dine on (something)
To eat something. We dined on lasagna at our favorite restaurant last night.
To dine outside of one's home, as at a restaurant. Let's dine out tonight—I don't feel like cooking.
dine out on (something)
1. To be invited to a social meal (especially dinner) because of something particularly interesting or entertaining that one knows or has experienced. He dined out on the story of his affair with the movie star for several months.
2. To entertain other people, especially at a meal, with a particularly interesting story of something one has experienced. I always dine out on the story of our mishaps in Bavaria—to this day, it still puts people in stitches!
dine with Duke Humphrey
To go without dinner. The phrase refers to the story of a man who, while visiting the tomb of Duke Humphrey of Gloucester, was locked in the abbey—and thus missed dinner. A: "Why are you so hungry? Didn't you eat dinner?" B: "No, I got stuck in a meeting, so I dined with Duke Humphrey!"
dine with the devil
To associate or deal with a particularly malicious, immoral, or unscrupulous person or people; to commit malicious, immoral, or unscrupulous acts. Primarily heard in UK. Once considered one of the most straight-laced politicians in England, it's come to light that the former Health Secretary has been dining with the devil for years, giving pharmaceutical companies special privileges in exchange for sizable kickbacks. She has been accused of dining with the devil after the activist was spotted having dinner with the CEO of one of the conglomerations her charity opposes.
1. To dine outside of one's home, as at a restaurant. Let's eat out tonight—I don't feel like cooking.
2. To eat the inner part of something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "out." Ugh, it looks like those bugs have eaten out all of the tomatoes in my garden
3. To criticize one harshly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "out." The teacher will eat you out if you come in without your homework again today.
4. vulgar slang To perform cunnilingus on a woman. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "out."
wine and dine
To entertain someone with lavish meals, typically in order to gain their favor in some way, either personally or professionally. This guy is our ideal candidate for the job, so be sure to wine and dine him tonight. Your father likes to say he won me over by wining and dining me—but really he just took me out for cheeseburgers.
dine at (some place)
to eat at a place. We really like to dine at the small cafe on the corner. I hope we can dine at a fine restaurant for our anniversary.
to eat at home rather than at a restaurant. I think we will dine in tonight. I am tired of dining in. Let's go out.
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.
dine on something
to eat something. We are dining on roast beef tonight. What will we be dining on tonight?
eat (a meal) outand dine out
to eat a meal at a restaurant. I like to eat a meal out every now and then. Yes, it's good to eat out and try different kinds of food. It costs a lot of money to dine out often.
to eat a meal away from home, as at a restaurant. I just love to eat out every now and then. Let's eat out tonight. I'm tired.
eat something out
1. . to eat some kind of meal or a particular food away from home, as at a restaurant. We eat fish out, but we don't cook it at home. We may eat out a meal or two, but certainly not every meal.
2. [for something or an animal] to consume the inside of something. The ants ate the inside of the pumpkin out. The ants ate out the pumpkin.
wine and dine someone
to treat someone to an expensive meal of the type that includes fine wines; to entertain someone lavishly. The lobbyists wined and dined the senators one by one in order to influence them. We were wined and dined every night and given the best hotel accommodations in town.
dine out on
Be invited to dinner because of something one knows about and can discuss. For example, "In a couple of years you will be dining out on this murder" (Ngaio Marsh, A Man Lay Dead, 1934). [First half of 1900s] Also see eat out; sing for one's supper.
1. Have a meal outside one's home, usually at a restaurant. For example, We're almost out of groceries, so let's eat out tonight. [Second half of 1900s] For the antonym, see eat in.
2. eat someone out Also, eat someone up. Rebuke or scold someone sharply, as in He was always eating out the kids, or Why are you eating me up? I haven't done anything wrong. This slangy synonym for chew out probably originated as a euphemism for eat someone's ass out. It dates from the 1940s, the variant from the 1840s. Also see the subsequent entries beginning with eat out.
wine and dine
Entertain someone or treat someone to a fine meal, as in The company likes to wine and dine visiting scientists. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
dine out on something
COMMON If you dine out on a story, you use that story to entertain other people. He witnessed the president's angry outburst, and dined out on the story for months.
dine out onregularly entertain friends with a humorous story or interesting piece of information.
1998 Fannie Flagg Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! I didn't have a great childhood but I'm not going to dine out on it. I hate whiners.
wine and dine someoneentertain someone by offering them drinks or a meal.
ˌwine and ˈdine (somebody)go to restaurants, etc. and enjoy good food and drink; entertain somebody by buying them good food and drink: Too much wining and dining is making him fat. ♢ Our hosts wined and dined us very well.
1. To eat at a restaurant or away from one's home: I'm tired of cooking; let's eat out tonight.
2. Vulgar Slang To perform cunnilingus on someone.