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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lunch take the midday meal "At what time are you lunching?"
    • v lunch provide a midday meal for "She lunched us well"
    • n lunch a midday meal
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The Prince wants his Lunch The Prince wants his Lunch

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the USA, 32% of employees eat lunch and work at the same time
    • n Lunch lŭnch A luncheon; specifically, a light repast between breakfast and dinner, most commonly about noontime.
    • v. i Lunch To take luncheon.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pancakes are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Australia
    • n lunch A large lump or piece, as of bread.
    • n lunch A slight repast or meal between breakfast and dinner, or, as formerly, between dinner and supper, or between dinner or supper and bedtime; luncheon.
    • lunch To take a lunch or luncheon.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 31% of employees skip lunch entirely
    • n Lunch lunsh a slight repast between breakfast and dinner—also Lunch′eon
    • v.i Lunch to take lunch
    • ***


  • W. C. Fields
    “Somebody left the cork out of my lunch.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle this matter by lunch time.”
  • Charles De Montesquieu
    “Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.”
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    “My body is like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don't think about it, I just have it.”
  • Oliver Stone
    Oliver Stone
    “Lunch is for wimps.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.”


Have your lunch handed to you - If you have you lunch handed to you, you are outperformed and shown up by someone better.
Lose your lunch - (UK) If you lose your lunch, you vomit.
Out to lunch - If someone's out to lunch, they are crazy or out of touch.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of uncertain etymol. Cf. Prov. Eng. nunc, a lump


In literature:

Thomson at lunch when he has won is a very different man from Thomson at lunch when he has lost.
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne
Some of the travellers who had a day's journey before them had fortified themselves against hunger with a lunch.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
The window belonged to the Florida Bakery and Lunch Room, where Carl was chastely lunching.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
Immediately after the lunch he stowed the things away.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
I walk over to Halfpenny Hole and lunch with Sharper.
"If Winter Don't" by Barry Pain
We'll have lunch later on.
"The Golden Face" by William Le Queux
There we lunched and waited for an hour.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
I simply dared not tell him that we were going to lunch together; and, as a rule, he doesn't mind what I do in that way.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
It was lunch-time on the morning of the ninth day of their holiday.
"Too Old for Dolls" by Anthony Mario Ludovici
And you're going to lunch at the Club, aren't you?
"The Limit" by Ada Leverson
Are you going to stay and have lunch with us, Molly?
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
Pray lunch here on Thursday next.
"Daisy's Aunt" by E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
I want to know whether you'll lunch here to-day.
"The Education of Eric Lane" by Stephen McKenna
Without apparently taking the slightest interest in him, Miss Winthrop observed the rapidity with which he concluded his lunch.
"The Wall Street Girl" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
I often go there to lunch.
"The Missionary" by George Griffith
Lunched at station, where we met Tom and children.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
The lunch was much more tremendous to Miss Tallowax than had been the dinner at the deanery.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
You'll be back to lunch, I suppose?
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
When once, however, he was safely at his writing-table, all was quiet, must be, until lunch-time.
"Helena Brett's Career" by Desmond Coke
After lunch Rose took Adriana away, with an air of mystery.
"Was It Right to Forgive?" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

In poetry:

Cried, "Oh, my Friends, be warned by me,
That Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, and Tea
Are all the Human Frame requires…''
With that, the Wretched Child expires.
"Henry King,{ Who chewed bits of String, and was cut off in Dreadful Agonies}" by Hilaire Belloc
"O, come to Bath, my fair Grabrowski,
And bring your charming girl," sezee;
"The Barring here shall have the ouse-key,
Vith breakfast, dinner, lunch, and tea.
"The Knight And The Lady" by William Makepeace Thackeray
There was quite a to-do
When he lunched in South Oss.
For he ate quite a few
Ere they noticed the loss.
But he finished his feed without winking,
And is, by one mouthful, the boss.
"The Over-Fed Fuse" by C J Dennis
Twice a week at noon during their lunch hour
they puase by your door to peer into your world.
They speak sadly as if the wine they carry would sour
or as if the mattress would not keep them curled
"Doors, Doors, Doors" by Anne Sexton
The peasant had to dig and delve,
And, as his class are apt to,
When all the whistles blew at twelve
He ate his lunch, and napped, too,
The bear a careful outlook keeping
The while her master lay a-sleeping.
"The Confidant Peasant And The Maladroit Bear" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
Don't you see the ousemaids (pooty POLLIES and MARIES),
Ven ve bring our urdigurdis, smiling from the hairies?
Then they come out vith a slice o' cole puddn or a bit o' bacon or so
And give it us young horgin-boys for lunch afore we go.
"The Organ-Boy’s Appeal" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Related Stories for USS Nemo, a popular business lunch spot.
Follow these rules to make sure lunch meetings are both fun and productive.
Back in the days of Mad Men, the business lunch was essential.
Here's seven ways to master the business lunch .
Just last week I had a great client passing through and he invited me and several members of my office to lunch.
It got me thinking about what makes for a successful business lunch .
The Esquire Guy's Irreverent Rules for the Perfect Business Lunch .
The Umatilla Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is holding a "Business-to-Business" lunch.
Lunch & Learn program teaches businesspeople how to better use mobile devices.
So that is why last weekend I took a break from the hustling and bustling Brown University campus and took a day trip to Boston to meet up with my good friend Jesse for breakfast, and my best friend since kindergarten, Mackenzie, for lunch.
She told officers she was going to use it to prepare lunch after she went grocery shopping.
Lunch, entertainment and prizes will be provided.
Redlands is one of my go-to places when I am in search of a new place for lunch to share with my readers.
Registration for the 19th annual event is $20 in advance or $25 at the door and includes lunch.
I try to be careful about leaving my dog alone with sandwiches, but these were in my lunch bag and pushed to the back of the counter.

In science:

Arbitrage and free lunch with bounded risk for unbounded continuous processes.
Simple arbitrage
Texas was the last of the three, and my visit was only a few days before the universal deadline for making a decision on where to go. I formed my first impression of Ed Nather and Don Winget while we ate lunch and talked in the WET lab during my visit.
Computational Asteroseismology
Physicist comes back from lunch to find results waiting for him.
Quaero: Motivation, Summary, Status
After keying in his name, institution, the email to which the result should be sent, and a brief description of the model to be tested, the physicist hits the Submit button, and heads for lunch.
Quaero: Motivation, Summary, Status
Scheduling frequent breaks and long lunches allowed discussions to continue and collaborations to develop.
Conference Summary: AGN Physics with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
So during lunches, Heitler expressed a curiosity in what Ma jorana was doing; Fermi must have told him how bright he was.
Ettore Majorana and his heritage seventy years later
Due to physical limitations, this ’free lunch’ of speedup has come to an end.
The Multi-Core Era - Trends and Challenges
William Dembski in a number of books including “The Design Inference” and “No Free Lunch” makes two significant claims.
An Algorithmic Information Theory Critique of Statistical Arguments for Intelligent Design
An enjoyable lunch was held at the local pizza restaurant to farewell Andrew.
Anglo-Australian Observatory February 2009 newsletter
The magnetic flares can also lunch jets, and might even be the main mechanism for lunching jets in variety of ob jects, from YSOs to massive BHs (Soker 2007).
Interpreting a Dwarf Nova Eruption as Magnetic Flare Activity
There are of course no free lunches: the price of reducing v2 2 in this fashion is that other unwanted window function entries increase.
A method for extracting maximum resolution power spectra from microwave sky maps
As there is no such thing as a free lunch, there must be a catch somewhere.
TASI Lectures on Matrix Theory
About two weeks ago, I also had the pleasure of conversing with him over lunch.
On relative computability for curves
The fundamental theorem of asset pricing characterises models of financial markets without arbitrage or free lunch, i.e. the making of risk-free profit without initial investment.
The fundamental theorem of asset pricing under proportional transaction costs
Hence the fundamental theorem of asset pricing ensures that there is no free lunch with vanishing risk with nds-admissible, self-financing strategies.
Fractional processes as models in stochastic finance