Phrase- getting a square meal…

I began to wonder where “getting a square meal” (meaning a substantial, nourishing meal) originated.

According to The Phrase Finder, this phrase is of US origin. The earliest print reference found was in an advertisement for the Hope and Neptune restaurant, in the California newspaper The Mountain Democrat, November 1856:

“We can promise all who patronize us that they can always get a hearty welcome and square meal at the Hope and Neptune. Oyster, chicken and game suppers prepared at short notice.”

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Energetically, Diane Tegarden


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