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- v. To have dinner outside one's house.
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- v. eat at a restaurant or at somebody else's home
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And on the strength of it, I went afterwards to a dinner-party at the Rectory; and to-morrow I am going to dine out again, at the Forsters ', to meet Dickens and nobody else.
And then … "he laughed and sat back against his cushions," … then, mister, you're going to dine out on how you ran poppy an 'fought pirates with Frederick Townsend Ward! "
(I've since learned, by the way, that it was quite celebrated among the less discriminating seafarers; if you'd stopped at the Knitting Swede's you could dine out on it in every shebeen from Glasgow to Sydney.) 16