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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!
See also: dine, on, out

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!"
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dine at (some place)

To eat somewhere other than one's home, such as at a restaurant. We dined at our favorite restaurant tonight because neither of us felt like cooking.
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dine in

To eat at one's home, rather than at a restaurant. Neither of us felt like going out, so we dined in tonight.
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dine off (something)

To eat something, often for several meals. I made so much lasagna that we can dine off it all week.
See also: dine, off

dine on (something)

To eat something. We dined on lasagna at our favorite restaurant last night.
See also: dine, on

eat out

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. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "out."
See also: eat, out

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.
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dine in

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.
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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

dine on something

to eat something. We are dining on roast beef tonight. What will we be dining on tonight?
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eat (a meal) out

 and 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.
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eat out

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.
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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.
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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.
See also: and, dine, wine

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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eat out

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.
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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]
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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.
See also: dine, on, out, something

eat out

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.
See also: eat, out
References in classic literature ?
The clock struck half-past six, and a lady was announced, a friend of Madame de Villefort, who came to dine with her.
Woodhouse should dine out, on the 24th of December) had been spent by Harriet at Hartfield, and she had gone home so much indisposed with a cold, that, but for her own earnest wish of being nursed by Mrs.
That is the reason, I suppose, that you never dine with me now.
Come today, direct from the office, and dine with us as you have done before.
We dine at Rosings twice every week, and are never allowed to walk home.
WHEN Adam heard that he was to dine upstairs with the large tenants, he felt rather uncomfortable at the idea of being exalted in this way above his mother and Seth, who were to dine in the cloisters below.
A very few days more, and Captain Wentworth was known to be at Kellynch, and Mr Musgrove had called on him, and come back warm in his praise, and he was engaged with the Crofts to dine at Uppercross, by the end of another week.
Jackson would rather have had him dine out; but he had his own reasons for not doing so.
said the count coming out from the dining hall into the anteroom, and he added: "If he is better, ask Pierre to dine with us.
And now you shall have some tea--it will soon be dinner-time, but I thought, as you were accustomed to dine at one, you would perhaps like better to have a cup of tea about this time, and to dine when we lunch: and then, you know, you can have your tea in this room, and that will save you from having to dine with Lady Ashby and Sir Thomas: which would be rather awkward--at least, not awkward, but rather--a--you know what I mean.
I am expecting my nephew in to dine," he said,--"Captain Granet.
It is no small privilege to dine with your Excellency.
After dining once at the house of this unimportant official, des Lupeaulx made up his mind to dine there often.
His ten dollars, discreetly expended, would enable the two to dine very well indeed.
Could the murderer have known that you would dine there that evening?