dine off (something)

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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 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
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Look at your knife-handle, there, my civilized and enlightened gourmand dining off that roast beef, what is that handle made of?
ye state-room sailors, who make so much ado about a fourteen-days' passage across the Atlantic; who so pathetically relate the privations and hardships of the sea, where, after a day of breakfasting, lunching, dining off five courses, chatting, playing whist, and drinking champagne-punch, it was your hard lot to be shut up in little cabinets of mahogany and maple, and sleep for ten hours, with nothing to disturb you but 'those good-for-nothing tars, shouting and tramping overhead',--what would ye say to our six months out of sight of land?
There is that delicate blossom who can't drink any claret under ninety-four, and who would as soon think of dining off cat's meat as off plain roast mutton.
On the currency markets, the pound was dining off the US dollar's weakness, rising 0.
The Ospreys were dining off crumbs, not helping themselves with uncharacteristic errors which allowed the Dubliners to stay on the attack, and they were giving away too many penalties.
At this Ratatouille-themed restaurant you shrink down - as on the ride - and sit on champagne corks while dining off jam-jar lids.
o e m n h w JOURNALISTS at the Games OU N S S t h G e began their visits to b g n h r it o Glasgow by dining off G a ow y in f decent crockery and using d e t r c e u n sparkling cutlery.
That would be a huge sum were Britain's economy thriving and its people dining off lobster and caviar washed down by vintage Dom Perignon.
Lieberman figured the Japanese have been dining off naked bodies for "thousands of years" and wanted to give his patrons "the royal treatment" for Miami Spice, the city's restaurant month, he said.
Presumably after we had re-established wolves, European bison and bears, they would all live peacefully together with the carnivores dining off the occasional rambler.
Perhaps Arsenal's vaunted youngsters are dining off great moments in games rather than great results.
Sergeant is still dining off that story about the occasion when Mrs Thatcher glided down the steps in Paris and tapped him on the back .