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Meaning of Soup to Nuts

Posted by Frankie on November 07, 2000

In Reply to: Meaning of Soup to Nuts posted by Madame on November 07, 2000

: I don't know why this isn't in the list yet, but the origin of the phrase is from formal dinners that started with a soup course and ended with the last course being a plate of mixed nuts.

They're the courses in a (Victorian?) formal banquet. Soup is the first course, and the nuts are served with the brandy and cigars as the gentlemen retire to the billiards room....

---from "archive 6" posted 08-01-00 by bob.