One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A celebratory party with plentiful food and drink.‘cheerful music for beanfeasts’figurative ‘a beanfeast of seminars and workshops’
social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, socialView synonyms
- ‘Both work at University College Hospital where Udwin campaigns vigorously against the privatisation plans that imperil 122 beds and hundreds of jobs and offer a beanfeast for private-sector parasites.’
- ‘Elsewhere during the Hangover technology beanfeast, we understand that HP's own demo of Bluetooth was similarly rotten.’
- ‘Given the Forum's multicultural pretensions, it is a cruel irony that the Tibetan monks were swiftly banished from the beanfeast.’
- ‘Another two dozen barristers and solicitors, chosen for their expertise in commercial law, also earned substantial fees in a case which became known in the inns of court as a beanfeast.’
- ‘‘As far as I can see it has been a beanfeast for consultants,’ said Coun English.’
- ‘It was to be a glittering beanfeast for the Halifax Bank - its first annual meeting outside Yorkshire in 150 years.’
- ‘Award winners at the BAFTA beanfeast have to be threatened with pulled plugs if they use their speeches to attack the war (whereupon Saul Zaentz does just that).’
- ‘Hard as the promoters of the annual athletics beanfeast that is the Norwich Union Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham might try, they must realise that they are in sow's ear territory.’
- ‘During the Golden Globe beanfeasts in LA earlier this month, the one man every star queued to meet was the shy, slightly stunned Paul Rusesabagina, the true hero of the story.’
- ‘Our home-based patterns of socialising interfere with the necessary anarchy of the workplace beanfeast.’
- ‘It is they who are tearing down sustainable economies, delicate environments and age-old social systems in the name of a one-size-fits-all corporate beanfeast.’
- ‘A number of Lib Dem MPs maintained that the failure of their party to join the beanfeast on Thursday was one of strategy and leadership.’
- ‘She is initially intimidated and appalled, but eventually conquers her fear to partake, indeed to star, in the jock beanfeast.’
- ‘I thought I had been a model of objectivity throughout the whole beanfeast; obviously I was wrong.’
Early 19th century: from bean + feast. The term originally denoted an annual dinner given to employees by their employers, where beans and bacon were regarded as an indispensable dish.
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