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square meal

a nourishing or filling meal:
You'll feel better after you've had a square meal.
Origin of square meal
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Lucky there was hot bread and coffee on the bill or we'd never got a square meal.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • They had their square meal last night, and they are not taking any this morning.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton
  • "I haven't had a square meal for twenty-four hours," went on the prisoner.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • He had to have his square meal and his flashy flannel shirts.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • I'm in it because a man who gave me a square meal when I was starving asked me to join it.

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly
  • It then became a question of a square meal at the caravanserai.

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer
  • "It's the first square meal I've had for over a week," he declared.

    Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer Jessie Graham Flower
  • Is it not a fact that many of them never had a square meal in their lives!

British Dictionary definitions for square meal

square meal

a substantial meal consisting of enough food to satisfy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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