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- 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.