batchelor's fare

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batchelor’s fare (uncountable)

  1. A simple meal that requires no cooking, such as bread and cheese.
    • 1785, The humming bird: A collection of the most celebrated English and Scots songs:
      Tho' his house ben't so nice, he is sure to be neat, And the ladies are always well-pleas'd with his treat, By the smak of their lips, at a parting, declare How delicious a feast they think batchelor's fare.
    • 1825, James Heney, Agnes : Or the Sailor's Orphan: With Memoirs of the Dudley Family:
      The villain of a pedlar saw his discourse was attentively heard, and flattered himself with the hopes of a supper and night's lodging; he was not deceived, for the parson was so well pleased with his conversation, that he insisted on his staying and partaking of batchelor's fare, bread and cheese, and mild ale ; the latter he supplied his guest with so immoderately that he was obliged to convey him to his apartment.
    • 1840, John Patterson, Camp and quarters, scenes and impressions of military life, page 78:
      Neither batchelor's fare, nor lodging-house dinners have any attraction in his esteem ; nor is he a convert to the cold-meat and pic-nic school ; — no, no ! — to please his palate, there must be a regularly-built, smoking, well-sustaining table.
    • 1942, John Harvey Powell, Richard Rush, Republican Diplomat, 1780-1859, page 67:
      I am quite alone, but can give you batchelor's fare.