wolf three squares a day

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Anglika

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"Wolf three squares a day" = without any context, it could mean that you eat rapidly three squares of chocolate a day.

To wolf something means to eat it rapidly and greedily.

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"Wolf three squares a day" = without any context, it could mean that you eat rapidly three squares of chocolate a day.

To wolf something means to eat it rapidly and greedily.

I'm puzzled. Why 'chocolate', Anglika?
 

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I think the problem here is BE vs AE. In British English 'a square' doesn't mean the same as 'a square meal'. In the context of 'wolf' (which implies food) 'a square' is a small amount of something that is supplied in squares - like chocolate or raw jelly (AE jello).

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As mentioned above, "three squares a day" usually refers to the AmE idiom that means eating three full, hearty meals (as opposed to a quick snack, or just a hamburger and fries) every day. A square meal implies that you eat a full serving of meat, vegetables and perhaps dessert.

A similar idiom is "three hots and a cot," which often refers to why some indigent people purposely get themselves arrested - in prison, they'll be served three hot meals per day, and be provided with a place to sleep.
 

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"Three Squares a Day" is a nautical Term.
Tall ship sailors used to have a square oil cloth that held their "Kit" or Dish and utensils. When it was time to eat the sailor would take his "Kit" to the Galley and unfold it creating a table cloth and set up his dish and utensils for "Chow Time." Sailors were given three meals a day. This meant they would open their square cloth and place it on the table 3 times a day. Hence "Three squares a day."
Wolf would refer to the action eating quickly due to hunger.
"Wolf three Squares a day" - To eat you daily meals rapidly three times a day.

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