say grace

say grace

to say a prayer of gratitude before or after a meal. Grandfather always says grace at Thanksgiving. A local preacher said grace at the banquet.
See also: grace, say

say grace

Pronounce a short prayer before a meal, as in Before we started in on the turkey, we asked Liz to say grace. The word grace here signifies asking for God's blessing or giving thanks for the food being served. [Early 1300s]
See also: grace, say
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He went to the house of a very deaf old lady and when they sat down to the table she asked him to say grace.
Not but what James is a good man--the only fault I have to find with him is that he always starts in to say grace with such an unearthly groan, Mrs.
At his first arrival, which was immediately before the entrance of the roast-beef, he had given an intimation that he had brought some news with him, and was beginning to tell, that he came that moment from Mr Allworthy's, when the sight of the roast-beef struck him dumb, permitting him only to say grace, and to declare he must pay his respect to the baronet, for so he called the sirloin.
At length the dish was lifted on the table, and mugs of ale having been previously set round, little Nell ventured to say grace, and supper began.
Thou pratest like an ass," said Robin, "for I could send this shaft clean through thy proud heart before a curtal friar could say grace over a roast goose at Michaelmastide.
But really, when I came to think of it, I couldn't help liking that the fellow should have a bit of hare to say grace over.
Chairman Russell Williamson welcomed everyone and asked Betty Haining to say grace before the haggis was piped in by Euan Grierson and addressed with flourish by Ronnie Cairns.
Sunday Dinner in the South: All the Food, Family, and Friends You Can Say Grace Over focuses on the heart of many a family gathering, the traditional Sunday supper, and blends memories and cultural insights with recipes that are inviting comfort food at its best.
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I've been asked to say grace before the meal at the wedding of two dear friends.
When we say grace at dinner, we remember every day that we feel thankful for what we have.
Punters say Grace in last Favourite supporters were all smiles after the concluding conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle as With Grace won with a bit up her sleeve to give rider Donal Devereux his fourth success at the North Wales circuit.
55am, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Coun Len Gregory will arrive along with Commander Rob Noble RD RNR and the Rev Ray Price to say grace.
I was 49 before I understood who I was" Actor Sir Ian McKellen "For what we are about to receive, thanks be to the cook" What atheist Richard Dawkins said when asked to say grace before a meal "Wind farms divide communities, ruin landscapes, affect tourism, make a minimal contribution to our energy needs and a negligible contribution towards reducing carbon dioxide emissions" The Duke of Northumberland
Somewhat hilarious is a mini version of the Elle magazine about her popped in the cover sleeve where her husband, rapper Nick Cannon, talks about the first time they met: "I always say grace over my food so I bowed my head over my french fries at a meeting with her.