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Last Supper

1. The last meal that Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion, which some Christians believe instituted the sacrament of the Eucharist. Usually capitalized in this usage. We celebrate the Last Supper by going to Mass on Holy Thursday.
2. The last meal before something significant. A: "Thanks for coming to my last supper." B: "Oh, stop! I'm sure your surgery tomorrow will go fine." I can't believe this is my last supper as a single guy!
See also: last, supper

Lord's Supper

1. Another term for the Last Supper, the last meal that Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion, which Christians believe instituted the sacrament of Eucharist. We celebrate the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday.
2. The sacrament of Eucharist. Now that you've made your First Holy Communion, you can receive the Lord's Supper during Mass.
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sing for (one's) supper

To obtain something by working for it or by providing another service in return. You're welcome to stay with us on the farm as long as you like, but you'll have to sing for your supper while you're here.
See also: sing, supper

Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.

Prov. It is good to start the day feeling hopeful, but if none of the things you hope for come to pass by the end of the day, you will feel disappointed. (Can be used to warn someone against hoping for something that is unlikely to happen.) Lisa began the day hoping that she would find work, and by the end of the day she had learned that hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.
See also: bad, breakfast, but, good, hope, supper

shoot one's cookies

 and shoot one's breakfast; shoot one's supper
Sl. to empty one's stomach; to vomit. I think I'm gonna shoot my cookies. I shot my supper, and I was glad to get rid of it.
See also: cooky, shoot

sing before breakfast, you'll cry before night

 and sing before breakfast, you'll cry before supper
Prov. If you wake up feeling very happy, your mood will change before the end of the day. Jill: I woke up in such a good mood today. I don't even know why, but everything seems good. Jane: Sing before breakfast, you'll cry before night. Alan: Good morning, dear! Isn't it a wonderful day? I feel great. Jane: Sing before breakfast, you'll cry before supper.
See also: before, cry, night, sing

sing for one's supper

Work for one's pay or reward, as in Entertaining visiting scientists is part of the job; you know I have to sing for my supper . This metaphoric term alludes to wandering minstrels who performed in taverns and were paid with a meal. First recorded in 1609, it gained currency with the familiar nursery rhyme, "Little Tommy Tucker, sings for his supper" (c. 1744).
See also: sing, supper

sing for your supper

If you have to sing for your supper, you have to do a particular job before you are allowed to do or have something that you want. `Might you give me their number, Helena?' She took a while to answer. `Very well,' she said finally. `But you'll have to sing for your supper.'
See also: sing, supper

sing for your supper

earn a benefit or favour by providing a service in return.
This phrase comes from the nursery rhyme Little Tommy Tucker.
See also: sing, supper

sing for your ˈsupper

(old-fashioned) do something for somebody in order to get what you want or need: Susan has to clean her room before she’s allowed to go out with her friends — she really has to sing for her supper!
See also: sing, supper

shoot one’s cookies

and shoot one’s breakfast and shoot one’s supper
tv. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. I shot my supper, and I was glad to get rid of it. Whoa! I think I’m gonna shoot my cookies!
See also: cooky, shoot

shoot one’s supper

See also: shoot, supper
References in classic literature ?
They wanted me to come to supper in the house," said George; "but I knew what was what too well for that, Aunt Chloe.
I am not fond of crying while I am getting my supper.
The less aristocratic matrons of Grimworth seemed likely at first to justify their husbands' confidence that they would never pay a percentage of profits on drop-cakes, instead of making their own, or get up a hollow show of liberal housekeeping by purchasing slices of collared meat when a neighbour came in for supper.
They took supper in their companies and at daybreak Idaeus went his way to the ships.
Between us we soon supplied his wants, and then over a belated supper we explained to the baronet as much of our experience as it seemed desirable that he should know.
I guess," said Felicity with dignity, "that Aunt Olivia's wedding supper will be good enough for even a Governor's wife.
Pinocchio paid a gold piece for the three suppers and started on his way toward the field that was to make him a rich man.
Ah, you greedy vagabonds," said East, with his mouth full, "I knew there was something going on when I saw you cut off out of hall so quick with your suppers.
But after the men came in from the fields, and we were all seated at the supper table, then she asked Jake about the old place and about our friends and neighbours there.
It was quite late in the evening when the little Moss came snugly to anchor, and Queequeg and I went ashore; so we could attend to no business that day, at least none but a supper and a bed.
BENNY she was looking pretty sober, and she sighed some, now and then; but pretty soon she got to asking about Mary, and Sid, and Tom's aunt Polly, and then Aunt Sally's clouds cleared off and she got in a good humor and joined in on the questions and was her lovingest best self, and so the rest of the supper went along gay and pleasant.
At the back, there's a pig, and there are fowls and rabbits; then, I knock together my own little frame, you see, and grow cucumbers; and you'll judge at supper what sort of a salad I can raise.
Supper was his favourite meal, because it came at his time of revelry, when his heart warmed over his gold; whenever he had roast-meat, he always chose to have it for supper.
No one was surprised at this, for it was known that they were to go through the same ceremony on the floor above, in the foyer of the singers, and that finally they were themselves to receive their personal friends, for the last time, in the great lobby outside the managers' office, where a regular supper would be served.
At the end of this he threw open a heavy door, and I rejoiced to see within a well-lit room in which a table was spread for supper, and on whose mighty hearth a great fire of logs, freshly replenished, flamed and flared.