make a meal (out) of

idiom

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!

Examples of make a meal (out) of in a Sentence

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“Make a meal (out) of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/make%20a%20meal%20%28out%29%20of. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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