dine out on

Be invited to dinner because of something one knows about and can discuss. For example, “In a couple of years you will be dining out on this murder” (Ngaio Marsh, A Man Lay Dead, 1934). [First half of 1900s] Also see eat out; sing for one's supper.


Nearby words

  1. dinard,
  2. dinaric,
  3. dinaric alps,
  4. dine,
  5. dine out,
  6. diner,
  7. diner-out,
  8. dinergate,
  9. dineric,
  10. dinero

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