square meal

noun
a nourishing or filling meal: You'll feel better after you've had a square meal.

Origin:
1830–40

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square meal
 
n
a substantial meal consisting of enough food to satisfy

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square (meal) definition


  1. n.
    a good and nutritious meal. (Always with quantifier when square is used without meal.) : I need three squares a day—at least. , The old soak looks like he could use a square meal.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
Many of the kids are poor enough to qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, and this is their only square meal of the day.
And it's up to restaurant workers to provide diners with a square meal that's well rounded.
Many had not eaten a real square meal for many and many a day.
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