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meals on wheels

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noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. a program, usually one supported or subsidized by a charitable, social, or government agency, for delivering hot meals regularly to elderly, disabled, or convalescing persons who are housebound and cannot cook for themselves.
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Origin of meals on wheels

First recorded in 1960–65
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British Dictionary definitions for meals on wheels

meals on wheels

meals-on-wheels

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) social welfare, British a service, usually subsidized, and run by a social services department or voluntary body, which delivers hot meals to elderly or housebound people who might otherwise be unable to have them
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