[ meet ]
/ mit /
the flesh of animals as used for food.
the edible part of anything, as a fruit or nut: Crack the walnuts and remove the meats.
the essential point or part of an argument, literary work, etc.; gist; crux: The meat of the play is the jealousy between the two brothers.
solid food: meat and drink.
solid or substantial content; pith: The article was full of meat, with few wasted words.
a favorite occupation, activity, etc.: Chess is his meat.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. pork, especially bacon.
Slang: Vulgar. penis.
Archaic. the principal meal: to say grace before meat.
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Idioms for meat
- a person regarded merely as a sex object.
- a person, as a prizefighter or laborer, regarded merely as a strong or useful physical specimen.
piece of meat, Slang.
Origin of meat
before 900; Middle English, Old English mete food, cognate with Old High German maz,Old Norse matr,Gothic mats
OTHER WORDS FROM meatmeatless, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH meatmeat , meet
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British Dictionary definitions for meat
/ (miːt) /
the flesh of mammals used as food, as distinguished from that of birds and fish
anything edible, esp flesh with the texture of meatcrab meat
food, as opposed to drink
the essence or gist
an archaic word for meal 1
meat and drink a source of pleasure
have one's meat and one's manners Irish informal to lose nothing because one's offer is not accepted
Derived forms of meatmeatless, adjective
Word Origin for meat
Old English mete; related to Old High German maz food, Old Saxon meti, Gothic mats
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Idioms and Phrases with meat
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
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