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blue plate

a plate, often decorated with a blue willow pattern, divided by ridges into sections for holding apart several kinds of food.
Also called blue plate special. a specially priced main course, as of meat and vegetables, listed as an item on a menu, especially in an inexpensive restaurant.
Origin of blue plate
1940-45 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for blue plate
  • Instead, a new standard plate will be issued to replace the blue plate.
  • Lunch items include burgers, sandwiches and the daily blue plate special that comes with free dessert.
Contemporary definitions for blue plate

pertaining to a full restaurant meal ordered as a single item, often as a special of the day; also written blue-plate

Word Origin

from blue compartmentalized plates once used at fixed-price restaurants's 21st Century Lexicon
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