ploughman's lunch


plough·​man's lunch ˈplau̇-mənz- How to pronounce ploughman's lunch (audio)
: a cold lunch served especially in an English pub typically including bread, cheese, and pickled onions

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In Tokirima, guests will enjoy a ploughman's lunch with homemade baked treats before setting off on a seasonal visit to Lauren's Lavender Farm and then a visit to Tongariro National Park, with the option to hike to Waitonga Falls. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 22 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ploughman's lunch was in 1944

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“Ploughman's lunch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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