food for thought

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of food for thought

: something that should be thought about or considered carefully
  • The unexpected test results have given us food for thought.

Word by Word Definitions

food play
  1. : material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy

  2. : inorganic substances absorbed by plants in gaseous form or in water solution

  3. : nutriment in solid form

thought play
  1. : past tense and past participle of think

  1. : something that is thought: such as

  2. : an individual act or product of thinking

  3. : a developed intention or plan


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