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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. 2017.
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  • Farther down the coast there are oysters so big one of 'em will make a square meal for four or five people.

    The Puritan Twins Lucy Fitch Perkins
  • Beulah at the Playhouse had her first square meal, and smiled back at Eric.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • But by this time it was nearing noon and I was getting hungry, so I concluded that a good, square meal would do me good.

  • Lucky there was hot bread and coffee on the bill or we'd never got a square meal.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Besides, eating is the first and most important business, so they sink differences in order to make a square meal.

  • They had their square meal last night, and they are not taking any this morning.

    The House Under the Sea Sir Max Pemberton
  • Chamberlain, take these people over to my brother, the Grand Duke's, and give them a square meal.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • "It's the first square meal I've had for over a week," he declared.

    Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer Jessie Graham Flower
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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