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milk toast

toast, usually buttered, served in hot milk with sugar or with salt and pepper.
Origin of milk toast
1850-55, Americanism
Can be confused
milk toast, milquetoast.


[milk-tohst] /ˈmɪlkˌtoʊst/
easily dominated; extremely mild; ineffectual; namby-pamby; wishy-washy.
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was promoted to the milk-toast table, and then to the apple-sauce table.

  • It looked very nice: milk-toast, and baked apples, and poached eggs, and a cup of nice cocoa.

    Nelly's Silver Mine Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Mary Grey trifled with her chicken-wing, tasted her milk-toast and sipped a little coffee.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • I have my little dish of milk-toast, but I thought the pie would be just right for you young people.

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
  • “Try and eat some of this milk-toast, mother; it's real nice,” urged Elmira.

    Jerome, A Poor Man Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Ephraim drew up his chair, whimpering; but he fell to on the milk-toast with ardor, and his hand dropped from his side.

    Pembroke Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Then eat slowly a little light food, such as milk-toast or very hot beef-tea.

  • Sary threw up both hands in dismay—there was the milk-toast spattered all over the ground!

    Polly and Eleanor Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • With her Aunt Emily's help she had somehow gotten into bed, and eaten the supper of milk-toast which the maid had brought to her.

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