- a person regarded merely as a sex object.
- a person, as a prizefighter or laborer, regarded merely as a strong or useful physical specimen.
Origin of meat
Examples from the Web for meat
Chickens require significantly less land, water, and energy than all other meat options except farmed salmon.
Those raised for their meat (200 million tons of it a year) can barely walk because their breasts have been so enlarged.
The freezer is filled with meat, sides of beef and large pieces of lamb.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He tore a piece of meat off the breast and stroked her coat while she ate.The Stacks: A Chicken Dinner That Mends Your Heart|Pete Dexter|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Same for driveway pavers and meat and poultry plant workers.
Three shillings, besides three meals of rice a day, and meat three times during the journey!From Pole to Pole|Sven Anders Hedin
He replied, "You have had meat enough, if not, eat the kid."Torrey's Narrative|William Torrey
Frozen punch, when served, comes between the meat and game courses.The Century Cook Book|Mary Ronald
This demonstrates that you were not so well entertained as we are with our meat.Dialogues of the Dead|Lord Lyttelton
They that eat the meat and sit below the salt, must keep the distance.The Men of the Moss-Hags|S. R. Crockett
Word Origin for meat
Old English mete "food, item of food" (paired with drink), from Proto-Germanic *mati (cf. Old Frisian mete, Old Saxon meti, Old Norse matr, Old High German maz, Gothic mats "food," Middle Dutch, Dutch metworst, German Mettwurst "type of sausage"), from PIE *mad-i-, from root *mad- "moist, wet," also with reference to food qualities, (cf. Sanskrit medas- "fat" (n.), Old Irish mat "pig;" see mast (n.2)).
Narrower sense of "flesh used as food" is first attested c.1300; similar sense evolution in French viande "meat," originally "food." Figurative sense of "essential part" is from 1901. Dark meat, white meat popularized 19c., supposedly as euphemisms for leg and breast, but earliest sources use both terms without apparent embarrassment.
The choicest parts of a turkey are the side bones, the breast, and the thigh bones. The breast and wings are called light meat; the thigh-bones and side-bones dark meat. When a person declines expressing a preference, it is polite to help to both kinds. [Lydia Maria Child, "The American Frugal Housewife," Boston, 1835]
First record of meat loaf is from 1876. Meat market "place where one looks for sex partners" is from 1896 (meat in various sexual senses of "penis, vagina, body regarded as a sex object, prostitute" are attested from 1590s); meat wagon "ambulance" is from 1920, American English slang, said to date from World War I (in a literal sense by 1857). Meat-grinder in the figurative sense attested by 1951. Meat-hook in colloquial transferred sense "arm" attested by 1919.
In addition to the idioms beginning with meat
- meat and drink to one
- meat and potatoes
- beat the meat
- one's man's meat is another man's poison