1the flesh of an animal, typically a mammal or bird, as food (the flesh of domestic fowls is sometimes distinguished as poultry):pieces of meatplace meat and poultry in the refrigerator immediately [as modifier]:meat pies [count noun]:cold meats
the flesh of a person’s body:this’ll put meat on your bones!
North American the edible part of fruits, nuts, or eggs.
(the meat of) the chief part of something:he did the meat of the climb on the first day
2 archaic food of any kind.
a meal:we have talked at meat with this stranger
be meat and drink to
1be a source of great pleasure to:meat and drink to me, this life is!
2be a customary matter for:the commercial market-research business that is meat and drink to most pollsters
informal a person who is easily overcome or outwitted:with no family money to protect him, he was easy meat
meat and potatoes
North American basic and essential aspects:the club’s meat and potatoes remains blues performers
meat and two veg
British informal a man’s genitals.
one man's meat is another man's poison
proverb things liked or enjoyed by one person may be distasteful to another.