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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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