E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Qui dort dîne. The seven sleepers and others required no food till they woke from their long sleep. The same may be said of all hibernating animals.
To dine with Democrtos. To be cheated out of ones dinner. Democrîtos was the derider, or philosopher who laughed at mens folly.
To dine with Sir Thomas Gresham. To go without ones dinner; to be dinnerless. Sir Thomas Gresham founded the Royal Exchange, which was a favourite lounge for those who could not afford to provide themselves with a dinner.
To dine with Duke Humphrey. (See HUMPHREY.)
To dine with Mahomet. To die, and dine in paradise.
To dine with the cross-legged knights. (See next column, DINNERLESS.)