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?"
See also: stay

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.
See also: stay
References in classic literature ?
The Patriarch insisted on his staying to dinner, and Flora signalled 'Yes!' Clennam so wished he could have done more than stay to dinner--so heartily wished he could have found the Flora that had been, or that never had been--that he thought the least atonement he could make for the disappointment he almost felt ashamed of, was to give himself up to the family desire.
As she would not hear of staying to dinner, lest she should by any chance fail to arrive at home with the grey pony before dark; and as I apprehend Mr.
Newcastle City Council chiefs, who are to plough in extra money to boost the school meals service, say school rolls have fallen, which is the obvious reason why fewer children are staying to dinner.
The number of children staying to dinner in Newcastle has fallen from 19,000 to 16,000 a day in the past year, still 51% of the total - above the national average.