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    Red face over + lunch/breakfast/dinner/supper

    Does over + lunch/breakfast... mean 'during' the meal?

    E.g. WE'll talk about this over lunch = we'll talk about this during lunch. ?

    Can we use 'during' then?

    Additional relevant question: supper = dinner, right?

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    Re: over + lunch/breakfast/dinner/supper

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    Does over + lunch/breakfast... mean 'during' the meal? Yes.

    E.g. WE'll talk about this over lunch = we'll talk about this during lunch? Yes.

    Can we use 'during' then? Yes.

    Additional relevant question: supper = dinner, right? I think for some people they are the same. I've never used the term "supper" and I don't know anybody that does.

    thanks
    Bhai.

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    Re: over + lunch/breakfast/dinner/supper

    The use, and the meaning, of "supper" is regional in the UK.

    I know some people, mostly older people, who refer to their evening meal as "supper". To me, "supper" was always a snack that you had quite late at night, after the evening meal and before bed.

    There is an additional problem with your question - in the UK, "dinner" is used by some people to refer to the midday meal, and by others to refer to the evening meal.

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    Re: over + lunch/breakfast/dinner/supper

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The use, and the meaning, of "supper" is regional in the UK.

    I know some people, mostly older people, who refer to their evening meal as "supper". To me, "supper" was always a snack that you had quite late at night, after the evening meal and before bed.

    There is an additional problem with your question - in the UK, "dinner" is used by some people to refer to the midday meal, and by others to refer to the evening meal.
    It varies in the US as well. I will use "supper" or "dinner" interchangeably, pretty much, for the evening meal. "Dinner" is a more formal term. I would invite a business associate out for dinner, not supper. I might ask the wife what was for supper.

    But I have been in areas where people refer to the mid-day meal as "dinner." It's always "lunch" to me.

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    Re: over + lunch/breakfast/dinner/supper

    Oh, I've never thought of referring a mid-day meal to dinner. That's surely eye-opening.

    That reminds me, have you guys seen 'full-day breakfast' / 'breakfast served all day'. I've seen it in HK and Brisbane. I guess it refers to the type of food served, say, bacon, sausage, egg... food typical of a 'breakfast' instead of focusing on the time of a day?

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    Re: over + lunch/breakfast/dinner/supper

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    Oh, I've never thought of referring a mid-day meal to dinner. That's surely eye-opening.

    That reminds me, have you guys seen 'full-day breakfast' / 'breakfast served all day'. I've seen it in HK and Brisbane. I guess it refers to the type of food served, say, bacon, sausage, egg... food typical of a 'breakfast' instead of focusing on the time of a day?
    Yes, it means that you can order breakfast food any time. Some places only serve food from the breakfast menu until, say 11 AM.

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    Re: over + lunch/breakfast/dinner/supper

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    Oh, I've never thought of referring a mid-day meal to dinner. That's surely eye-opening.

    That reminds me, have you guys seen 'full-day breakfast' / 'breakfast served all day'. I've seen it in HK and Brisbane. I guess it refers to the type of food served, say, bacon, sausage, egg... food typical of a 'breakfast' instead of focusing on the time of a day?

    I've never seen it called "full-day breakfast"; in BrE we would refer to it as an "all-day breakfast" in that context.

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