dine out on
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!
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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.
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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.
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