stay to (something)

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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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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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References in classic literature ?
John Joiner smelt the pudding; but he regretted that he had not time to stay to dinner, because he had just finished making a wheel-barrow for Miss Potter, and she had ordered two hen-coops.
The old count's hospitality and good nature, which struck one especially in Petersburg as a pleasant surprise, were such that Prince Andrew could not refuse to stay to dinner. "Yes," he thought, "they are capital people, who of course have not the slightest idea what a treasure they possess in Natasha; but they are kindly folk and form the best possible setting for this strikingly poetic, charming girl, overflowing with life!"
"He came to their father upon some business, and he asked him to stay to dinner."
Balfour would stay to dinner, and led me into a bedroom in the upper part of the house.
She came forward, and, courteously expressing her concern for Haley's accident, pressed him to stay to dinner, saying that the cook should bring it on the table immediately.
So late I had to stay to dinner. Stayed until about 3.30 and then back to Club.