all-you-can-eat

adjective

Definition of all-you-can-eat

: providing an unlimited amount of food for a fixed price Casa Bonita is, at $8.29, a great value for an all-you-can-eat deluxe Mexican dinner.— Sally Stich, Sunset, August 1994 (figurative) Back in December, when … Internet providers went to all-you-can-eat pricing, it caused overloads and brownouts on phone systems from Washington to San Francisco. — Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., Wall Street Journal, 22 Oct. 1997

First Known Use of all-you-can-eat

1940, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of all-you-can-eat was in 1940

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“All-you-can-eat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/all-you-can-eat. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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