One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Meat cooked by or intended for roasting.
to cry roast meat
: to announce a piece of private luck or good fortune, especially foolishly; to boast. Now historical and rare.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Paynell (d. ?1564), translator. From roast + meat.
roast meat/ˌrəʊst ˈmiːt/
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