to make a meal out of

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - make a meal out of

"to make a meal out of"

to eat so much of one particular food as to have eaten enough to consider it a meal


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - make a meal out of

"to make a meal out of"

to spend more time or energy doing something than is necessary;

to make a task unduly laborious


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - make a meal out of

"to make a meal out of"

to badly defeat an opponent


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - make a meal out of

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Everything on the menu looks so good. What are you going to order?

Friend 2:  The portions are really generous here and their chicken Caesar salad is absolutely delicious. With a couple of bread sticks, you could make a meal out of it.

Friend 1:  Sounds good. Two chicken Caesar salads it is then.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - make a meal out of

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  You know I asked the intern to give me a short memo with just the basic points and she delivered a huge report.

Colleague 2:  She made a meal out of it, did she?

Colleague 1: So much so that the report is basically useless and I don't have the time to spend reading it all. I just wanted a quick review of the basics.

Colleague 2:  And that is why she is an intern. She is still learning and I suppose really trying to impress everyone with her work ethic.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - make a meal out of

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Our big game against our main rivals is Saturday afternoon.

Friend 2:  We are going to make a meal out of them.

Friend 1:  So, you are quite confident that we will win easily?

Friend 2:  I believe we will absolutely defeat them. Pound them right into the ground.

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to make a meal out of - Gerund Form:

Making a meal out of the delicious bread, they had no room left for anything else.

Making a meal out of the memo, it turned into a five-page document.

to make a meal out of - Examples:

1)  Mainstream media tried to make a meal out of it. Headlines were drenched in hyperbole, experts were quoted, arguments recycled ...

2)  I could make a meal out of a good salad and a couple of these scones. 

3)  ... have the issue that the media likes to find a good row and make a meal out of it.

4)  ... is a past master at playing things up to his advantage and will make a meal out of it as long as it is in his favour.

5)  ... bring victory to your chosen nation, to save your own bacon and make a meal out of your enemies.

6)  I know you serve it as a side dish but I will make a meal out of it with a slice of crusty bread and butter and a bit of salad.

7)  ... if you take it to tribunal after exhausting the grievance the Farce will make a meal out of you making frivolous complaints and dropping them. 

8)  ... said and he strikes me as the sort of professional whiner who would make a meal out of it and is rinsing it for all it's worth.

9)  ... three signatures won't take much time to resolve, but if I make a meal out of it the locals may think I'm an easier catch.

10)  ... a sobering tale about the ravages of an uncontrollable addiction. Booze can make a meal out of even the most accomplished men.

11)  ... a habit of stalking the pen keeper, seemingly in an effort to make a meal out of him whenever he enters his confines.

12)  If the people are greedy or wasteful or if they choose to make a meal out of their harvest on the shore and fouling this garden; he will intervene.

13)  ... eating some raspberries as they pick, but, please, not to make a meal out of them!

14)  ... and we'd make a meal out of all the vending machine delectables in the library basement.

15)  I am sure the poor things think that the pigs will make a meal out of them as well, but the pigs really take no notice of the ducks ...

16)  We made a meal out of sandwiches and fruit.

17)  ... either but on the both occasions that he'd allegedly done it or made a meal out of tackles albeit bad ones, I felt the opposition deserved it.

18)  My quarrel is with how this issue will be made a meal out of and mask other issues.

19)  Valencia went down like a sack of spuds. Suarez also made a meal out of his at the other end. Both were penalties.

20)  My friend and I dived into the Dahi Puri and could have easily made a meal out of them.