say grace

say grace

To say a prayer before a meal, typically to give thanks for or ask for God's blessing on the food one is about to eat. I'm an atheist, so it always feels a little awkward when my girlfriend's family says grace before dinner. My grandmother always says grace at Thanksgiving.
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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]
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References in classic literature ?
"Ought we to ask her to say grace?" she wanted to know.
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. Uncle Roger had never done such a thing in his life and he turned as red as a beet and looked down and muttered, 'E-r-r, please excuse me--I--I'm not accustomed to doing that.' Then he looked up and the old lady said 'Amen,' loudly and cheerfully.
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.
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.
'You poor cold little crittur shut away in a drawer, are you dead or just sleeping?' she had still her editor to say grace over.
If you will ring the bell, I'll say grace. 'For what we are going to receive '"
WORST FEARS Police say Grace is dead and are looking for a body
TIME TO SAY GRACE Saints' Regan Grace after his late winner, celebrating with Mark Percival
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.
I've been asked to say grace before the meal at the wedding of two dear friends.
My mom makes dinner and we say grace. I clear my dishes and play with my brother in our rooms.
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.