stay to

stay to (something)

To remain in some location in order to have a meal (with someone). A: "Would you like to stay to dinner, Jeff?" B: "Sure! I'll have to ask my parents first, though." A: "Thank you for letting me sleep here last night. I'd better get going." B: "Won't you stay for breakfast before leaving?"
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

stay to something

to remain in a place for something, such as dinner. I hope you will stay to dinner. I stayed to lunch because they were having fried shrimp.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Another example is travel lovers who go for an extended stay to a town so they can explore each nook and corner of the city and can also explore nearby tourist attractions.
Many people use stay to mean, "Relax and hang out." Others such as agility competitors may use stay to mean, "Don't move, but be alert for the next cue."
* If one dog breaks the stay, immediately reward those who have remained in the stay to reinforce their appropriate behavior.
* The Gurney Street long stay car park will become short stay to meet increased demand.
"A lot of people chose to stay to help me," says Thomas-El.
1999) (noting appellate court's inherent authority to grant a stay to preserve the status quo pending review).
Securing a modification of the automatic stay to effect the setoff is not usually very difficult, but must be done to avoid potential penalties for violating the stay.
Despite their assurance two years previous about issuance of a stay to preserve a granted case for argument and decision, the conservatives were balking.
Earlier, the shift of transfer patients from medical DRGs in their initial stay to surgical DRGs in the final stay was noted for cardiovascular conditions (MDC 5).
The final stay in the transfer episode often is characterized by an increase in severity, as indicated both by the higher weight of the DRG assigned to the final stay and the shifting of patients from medical DRGs in the initial stay to surgical DRGs in the final stay.
Reduction of stay to a day or less could save an estimated three million inpatient days and $4 billion in national health care expenditures.