wine and dine

Use the phrase wine and dine to mean "entertain with good food." If you wine and dine someone, you usually take him out to dinner at a fancy restaurant.

Historically, wining and dining someone was usually done with some ulterior motive — you might wine and dine a person you hoped to do business with, or a charming friend you wanted to ask on a date. The phrase's meaning is fairly obvious, since when you wine and dine, you provide someone with wine to drink and food on which to dine.

Definitions of wine and dine

v eat sumptuously

“we wined and dined in Paris”
Type of:
banquet, feast, junket
partake in a feast or banquet

v provide with food and drink, usually lavishly

Type of:
be the host of or for

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