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boiled dinner

noun, Northern and North Midland U.S.
a meal of meat and vegetables, as of corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes, prepared by boiling.
Origin of boiled dinner
An Americanism dating back to 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At least in Boston she would be free from the horrors of ‘boiled dinner.’

    A Princess in Calico Edith Ferguson Black
  • After the commonplaces of getting acquainted, the two tacked the boiled dinner.

  • She hung out clothes till dinner time, and then helped put the boiled dinner on the table in the hot, steamy kitchen.

    Betty Gordon at Bramble Farm Alice B. Emerson
  • Mrs. Fox had provided a boiled dinner, to which Harry was ready to do justice.

    Facing the World Horatio Alger
  • Phil was for setting out the remainder of the last evenings boiled dinner at once and bidding them help themselves.

    The Last of the Flatboats George Cary Eggleston
  • But she made Noreen Gaudette feel like a vegetable in a boiled dinner.

    The Sick-a-Bed Lady Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • "Nothing like a boiled dinner after a long ride," Mr. Starr affirmed.

  • I asked them, however, if I might have the water in which they boiled their vegetables whenever they had a boiled dinner.

    Twenty-Five Years in the Black Belt William James Edwards
  • A piece of salt pork was usually boiled with a "New England boiled dinner."

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
  • Mrs. Glenn coaxed her in to a boiled dinner one day, and poor Mrs. Darter nearly died of it.

    Stories That End Well Octave Thanet

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