Dutch treat

Dutch treat

noun Sometimes Offensive.
a meal or entertainment for which each person pays his or her own expenses.

Origin:
1870–75


A Dutch treat is not a treat at all. Because Dutch is used here to negate the concept of a generous treat, the term is sometimes perceived as insulting to or by the Dutch. See also Dutch.
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Dutch treat
 
n
informal an entertainment, meal, etc, where each person pays for himself

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Dutch treat definition


An outing or date on which each person pays his or her own way. To “go Dutch” is to go on such a date.

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Dutch treat

An outing or date in which each person pays his or her own expenses. For example, Her parents agreed that she might date if it were a Dutch treat. The related expression go Dutch means "to go on a date with each person paying their own way," as in Students often elect to go Dutch. The first term dates from about 1870, and the variant from the early 1900s.

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