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18 / 10 / 2006

LEFTOVERS: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today we will continue with the food theme from yesterday (Brunch). If you're like most people, you occasionally save food from a meal to eat at a later time.

Today's word is: Leftovers

It means: the food that remains at the end of a meal after you have finished eating.

Example 1:
Jack: I don't feel like cooking tonight; let's have leftovers.
Alice: Okay, but I'd prefer to go out, if you don't mind.

Example 2:
My nutritionist says that it is not good to eat too many leftovers; it's hard on your digestive system.

As you know, in many English-speaking countries, restaurants have established a system for dealing with leftovers: the doggy bag.

A doggy bag is a bag or box containing the food that you did not finish eating in a restaurant. Initially, it was meant to be for your dog, but I think most people do not give the food to their dog. Perhaps it should be called a people bag.

Example 3:
I love eating in restaurants in Spain; the food is excellent. However, I'd be even happier if I could take my leftovers home in a doggy bag. Every time I ask for one, the waiter looks at me as if I were mad.

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Enjoy your lunch. ;-)