a member of a noble Persian family of Baghdad who, according to a tale in The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, gave a beggar a pretended feast with empty dishes.
And here they sat around the green table, forlorn as the guests at a Barmecide feast.
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862 Various
But a banquet in which the plates only are good is but a Barmecide feast, after all.
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865 Various
It knows too well how people stuff one with fine words, and will not let itself be satisfied with this Barmecide dish.
The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
My dear Barmecide friend, isn’t it pleasant to be in such fine company?
The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
I fancy it will be a Barmecide feast, such as little Pope hits off in an unpublished lampoon upon certain kinsfolk of mine.
Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Barmecide, br′me-sīd, n. one who offers an imaginary or pretended banquet or other benefit.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various
To write without having the subject abundantly in mind is to invite the reader to a Barmecide feast of empty dishes.
Vocal Expression Katherine Jewell Everts
As they sat down at their Barmecide feast, how wretched the assemblage of unrivalled dainties seemed!
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Edward E. Hale
But he thought that he ought to do as he was bidden; and so, like the Barmecide, he made a pretense of washing.
Fifty Famous Stories Retold James Baldwin
You ought to be thankful for all that you’ve received, and not openly announce your preference for Barmecide feasts.
Six Girls and Bob Marion Ames Taggart
lavish or plentiful in imagination only; illusory; sham: a Barmecide feast
containing or resembling barm; frothy. British Slang. balmy (def 4). Historical Examples A man shall not be choak’t With the stench of garlic, nor be pasted To the barmy jacket of a beer-brewer. Shakespearean Playhouses Joseph Quincy Adams “If you ask me, I think the blighter is barmy,” asserted the Briton. The Unspeakable Perk Samuel […]
a building for storing hay, grain, etc., and often for housing livestock. a very large garage for buses, trucks, etc.; carbarn. to store (hay, grain, etc.) in a barn. a unit of nuclear cross section, equal to 10 −24 square centimeter. Abbreviation: b. Contemporary Examples I have the boxed set of the first season in […]
the surname of the Cyprian Levite Joseph, a companion of Paul on his first missionary journey. Acts 4:36, 37. Contemporary Examples Over that time, Frid would play Barnabas in a series of time periods, as vampire and mere human, and other characters as well. Rewind: The Enduring Thrills of the Gothic TV Soap ‘Dark Shadows’ […]
any marine crustacean of the subclass Cirripedia, usually having a calcareous shell, being either stalked (goose barnacle) and attaching itself to ship bottoms and floating timber, or stalkless (rock barnacle or acorn barnacle) and attaching itself to rocks, especially in the intertidal zone. a person or thing that clings tenaciously. Usually, barnacles. an instrument with […]