Antedating of "Free Lunch"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 21 22:07:07 UTC 2013

free lunch (OED 1848)

1847 _Louisville Morning Courier_ 29 July 3 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  Messrs. O'MARA & GORDON open their "Washington Exchange," formerly the Washington Hall, to-day, with a free lunch.

Fred Shapiro

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