make a meal (out) of

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of make a meal (out) of

1 : to eat (a particular food) as a meal without anything else
  • This bread is so good, I could make a meal of it.
2 British, informal : to do (something) in a way that makes it seem more important or difficult than it really is
  • It's not all that hard, you know! Don't make a meal of it!

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

  2. : brand

  3. : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

meal play
  1. : an act or the time of eating a portion of food to satisfy appetite

  2. : the portion of food eaten at a meal

  1. : the usually coarsely ground and unbolted seeds of a cereal grass or pulse

  2. : a product resembling seed meal especially in particle size or texture

  1. : by a (specified) portion or measure at a time

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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