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    You just comped five entrees.

    "You just comped five entrees.

    Yeah, but they're the chefs from Maison Valentin, from across the street.

    You got to comp 'em. It's customary."


    I saw that context on Tv. But what does comped mean? compted = complimented
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    Re: You just comped five entrees.

    Sorry, I have found definitions for my context.


    1. tv.
      to accompany someone [musically]. : I have to sing a solo at a wedding and need someone to comp me.
    2. tv.
      to give something to someone free. (Either as compensation for difficulties endured or as a complimentary gift.) : The movie patron was angry and demanded his money back. The manager comped him with a few free passes and he was happy.


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    Re: You just comped five entrees.

    Quote Originally Posted by Adriano_CSI View Post
    "You just comped five entrees.

    Yeah, but they're the chefs from Maison Valentin, from across the street.

    You got to comp 'em. It's customary."


    I saw that context on Tv. But what does comped mean? compted = complimented


    What show as this? "Comped" could be "compered".

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    Re: You just comped five entrees.

    Here, comp can also mean to apply to an expense account, i.e. make your company pay for them, I believe.


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    Re: You just comped five entrees.

    Quote Originally Posted by Adriano_CSI View Post

    1. tv.
      to give something to someone free. (Either as compensation for difficulties endured or as a complimentary gift.) : The movie patron was angry and demanded his money back. The manager comped him with a few free passes and he was happy.
    This is correct. You give someone a "complimentary" item for free. The word probably stems from the expression "compliments of the House" or "with my compliments" -- which is what is said when you are handed something for free.

    "Complimentary refreshments" on a flier means that the refreshments are free.

    "Comping" someone means to give them something for free.

    This may be handing them free tickets --
    Free tickets are also called "Annie Oakleys" because she was so generous with free passes to her "Wild West" show that this type of pass -- especially free passes to the theater -- became known as "Annie Oakleys"
    Dorchester County Public Library: Library Information: Annie Oakley

    Free tickets are also called "ducats," The dictionaries define "ducat" only as "an admission ticket," but I know the word in its meaning of "free ticket." I believe this is the origin of the expression "to duke somebody something" -- meaning to give a tip or small gift:
    "The kid helped me change the flat so I duked him a couple of bucks."
    'I duked my little cousin to an ice cream."
    "My Granpa always dukes me a little money."

    You can also comp someone by refusing to charge them or by writing off their bill.
    "The waiter spilled soup on the lady's dress, so the restaurant manager comped their meal."
    "We comp the cops who come in for coffee because we want a police presence at the diner."

    LAGNIAPPE is a great word that isn't heard much today.
    "The shopkeeper threw in a ballpoint pen as lagniappe when his customer purchased a lot of school supplies for her kids."
    Lagniappe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: You just comped five entrees.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    What show as this? "Comped" could be "compered".
    Anglika, I believe Adriano has been watching episodes of an American TV show called 'Kitchen Confidential.'
    'Comped' is the common expression in the US for complimentary meals, tickets, etc.

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