make a meal (out) of


: to eat (a particular food) as a meal without anything else
This bread is so good, I could make a meal of it.
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!

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Could some cicadas have be carrying a disease or parasite that was infecting the birds unlucky enough to make a meal of them? Brianna Barbu, Discover Magazine, 26 July 2021 Portis could initiate more hand-off actions, call his own number, or seek smaller opponents to make a meal of in the post. Morten Stig Jensen, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 Keaton and Bowen make a meal of their pleasurably silly good cop/bad cop routine. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 25 Dec. 2022 As in the Stevie Nicks-Tom Petty song, someone’s always about to make a meal of some bright-eyed kid. New York Times, 13 June 2022 When an infected waterbird dies, a raptor may make a meal of it and become infected in the process. Anne Readel, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 The open country is prime hunting ground for hawks that wait atop saguaros, ready to make a meal of any reptile, small mammal or bird that shows itself. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 30 Dec. 2021 Regulars often make a meal of two orders of that alone., 27 Apr. 2021 In its traditional form, the patty is made with a shortcrust-style pastry and filled with spiced beef, ackee or other savory ingredients; often, people make a meal of it by stuffing it into a piece of soft and buttery coco bread. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Feb. 2021 See More

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