And here they sat around the green table, forlorn as the guests at a Barmecide feast.
But a banquet in which the plates only are good is but a Barmecide feast, after all.
It knows too well how people stuff one with fine words, and will not let itself be satisfied with this Barmecide dish.
My dear Barmecide friend, isn't it pleasant to be in such fine company?
I fancy it will be a Barmecide feast, such as little Pope hits off in an unpublished lampoon upon certain kinsfolk of mine.
Barmecide, br′me-sīd, n. one who offers an imaginary or pretended banquet or other benefit.
To write without having the subject abundantly in mind is to invite the reader to a Barmecide feast of empty dishes.
As they sat down at their Barmecide feast, how wretched the assemblage of unrivalled dainties seemed!
But he thought that he ought to do as he was bidden; and so, like the Barmecide, he made a pretense of washing.
You ought to be thankful for all that you've received, and not openly announce your preference for Barmecide feasts.