Green’s Dictionary of Slang

dine v.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

dine at the downstairs restaurant (v.)

to have homosexual oral intercourse.

[UK]Guardian G2 16 Feb. 22: I’m an uphill gardener! I dine at the downstairs restaurant!
dine at the Y (v.) [play on eat v. (4); Y = the conjunction of the thighs, plus a pun on the YMCA/YWCA]

(orig. US) to perform cunnilingus.

[Aus]B. Humphries Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 74: I dunno about you, Suke, but I feel like dinin’ at the Y.
[US]Solar Project ‘Zeitgest’ [lyrics] You sit on my face, I dine at your Y / Blow job, gob job, sixty-eight / You feed your face and eat my meat / My fist into your Dead End Street.
[UK] ‘Be A Cunning Linguist’ in Maxim Feb. [Internet] Dine at the Y: Despite the dinners men bought her, Jen preferred to dine at the Y.
dine in (v.)

(US gay) to invite someone home for sex (as opposed to picking up a partner for alfresco coupling).

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 62: dine in to entertain sexually at home ‘Too rainy to go out and cruise? Call a model and dine in tonight.’.
dine out (v.)

1. to go without a meal.

[UK]All the Year Round 9 June 542: To ‘dine with Duke Humphrey,’ or, as it is now sometimes more shortly phrased, to ‘dine out,’ in both cases meaning not to dine at all [F&H].

2. (US gay) to pick up a partner for alfresco coupling, rather than taking someone home.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 62: dine out opposite of dine in, to dawdle or cruise around a park in search of sexual sustenance.
dine with Duke Humphrey (v.) (also drink a health to Duke Humphrey, sup with Duke Humphrey) [Duke Humphrey’s Walk at Old St Paul’s Cathedral. The real Duke Humphrey of Gloucester was actually buried in St Albans, but a statue of Sir John Beauchamp, which stood in one of the cathedral aisles, was popularly supposed to be the duke; thus to dine with Duke Humphrey meant to frequent this aisle, in the hope, often vain, of being invited to dinner. The Scottish equivalent was dine with St Giles and the Earl of Murray ; the earl was buried in St Giles’ Church; note, however, Fuller’s alternative def. in cit. 1655; Lambs Conduit, in cit. a.1704 was the site of a public pump]

to go without one’s meal.

[UK]Greene Disputation Betweene a Hee and a Shee Conny-Catcher (1923) 38: [They] crye out when they dine with Duke Humfrey, Oh what wickednes comes from whoores.
[UK]Pennyless Parliament of Thread-bare Poets 32: And if I prove not that a Mince-pie is the better Weapon, let me dine twice a Week at Duke Humphrey’s table.
[UK]W. Haughton English-Men For My Money D3: I haue been told, that Duke Humfrie dwelles here, and that he keepes open house.
[UK]R. Hayman ‘Quidlibets’ in Ebsworth Choyce Drollery (1876) 366: For often with Duke Humfray thou dost dine, / And often with Sir Thomas Gresham sup.
[UK]Rowley Match at Midnight II i: Are they none of Duke Humfreyes furies, doe you thinke, that they devis’d this plot in Pauls to get a dinner?
H. Peacham Worth of a Penny (1687) 16: A long Dinner with Duke Humphrey.
Fuller Hist. of Cambridge Viii 161: [As he was] loath to pin himself on any Table uninvited, he was fain to dine with the chaire of Duke Humphrey.
[UK] ‘Honest Tradesman’s Honour Vindicated’ Third Satire against the Jesuits in Ebsworth Roxburghe Ballads (1893) VII:1 38: You work and sing all care away, and drink ale, beer, and wine, / Whil’st Gentlemen do now and then with great Duke Humphrey dine.
[UK]J. Ray Proverbs 172: To dine with Duke Humphrey. That is, to fast.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew.
[UK]N. Ward ‘The Infallible Predictor’ Writings (1704) 355: Weavers [...] will be glad to make many a Meal of Cucumbers this Summer, or else go to Lambs-Conduit and drink a Health to Duke Humphrey.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy V 269: Item. I give them leave to Pine, / [...] / And with Duke Humphrey for to Dine.
[UK]Smollett Roderick Random (1979) 334: When we arrived at our dining-place, we found all the eatables in the inn bespoke by a certain nobleman [...]; and in all likelihood my mistress and her mother must have dined with Duke Humphrey, had I not [...] bribed the landlord with a glass of wine to curtail his lordship’s entertainment a couple of fowls and some bacon, which I sent with my compliments to the ladies.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Duke Humphrey, to dine with Duke Humphrey, to fast. Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, surnamed the good, was famous for his voluntary mortifications, particularly frequent fasting.
[UK]Sporting Mag. Aug. VI 270/2: They will, probably, give Lord Chatham, a billet to dine, whenever he pleases, with Duke Humphrey!
[UK]Sporting Mag. Jan. XIX 218/2: If you should want an invitation, or your purse fail you, dine with Duke Humphrey in the Park.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: To dine with Duke Humphrey; to fast. In old St. Paul’s church was an aisle called Duke Humphrey’s walk (from a tomb vulgarly called his, but in reality belonging to John of Gaunt), and persons who walked there, while others were at dinner, were said to dine with Duke Humphrey.
[UK]Lancaster Gaz. 17 Apr. 3/5: To dine with Duke Humphrey is to go without one’s dinner. Duke Humphrey was ordered to be executed before he had his dinner.
[UK]Vidocq Memoirs (trans. W. McGinn) III 101: Perhaps they are stuffing away in some comfortable corner, whilst I am supping here with Duke Humphrey.
[UK]Leicester Jrnl 18 Dec. 3/4: Seeing a tempting dish of his favourite Murphies, he [...] greedily devoured the whole! thus leaving the man, his wife and family, to dine that nioght with Duke Humphrey.
[UK]Chester Chron. 8 Oct. 3/5: If I was to give her half that sum, I should often have to dine with Duke Humphrey.
[UK]Dickens Martin Chuzzlewit (1995) 4: Writing to his friends that if they fail to do so and so by bearer, he will have no choice but to dine again with Duke Humphrey.
[UK]Shoreditch Obs. 16 Oct. 3/2: [He] will in all probability ‘dine with Duke Humphrey’ with what he will get out of this lot.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 11: Dining with Duke Humphrey, i.e. going without.
[UK]Kentish Chron. 1 Dec. 4/1: In the days of the popinjays who fluttered out in the morning to dine with Duke Humphrey at eleven o’clock.
[UK]J. Mair Hbk of Phrases 14: Dining with Duke Humphrey. Not dining at all.
[UK]Morpeth Herald 1 Apr. 4/6: Those who only dine with Duke Humphrey and dance when ordered to ‘move on’ by the policemen.
[UK]All the Year Round 9 June 542: To ‘dine with Duke Humphrey,’ or, as it is now sometimes more shortly phrased, to ‘dine out,’ in both cases meaning not to dine at all [F&H].
[UK]Illus. Police News 26 Nov. 4/1: Yes, we dined with Duke Humphrey, it’s true.
[UK]N. Devon Jrnl 23 July 3/2: The narrator forgot to tell whether the honoured ones received a command to dine with Duke Humphrey.
[UK]N. Devon Jrnl 19 Apr. 6/4: The chances are that they would dine with Duke Humphrey as far as trout on the domestic menu is concerned.
dine with St Giles and the Earl of Murray (v.)

to go without one’s dinner.

[UK](ref. to 1670-80) Dundee Courier 21 Sept. n.p.: In Scotland a man was said to ‘dine with St Giles and Earl Murray.’ In Francis Semphill’s (1670-80) ‘Banishment of Poverty’ are these lines:— [...] ‘My guts rumbl’d like a hurle barrow; / I din’d with saints and noblemen, / Even sweet St Giles and Earl of Murray’.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 309/2: C.18–20 ob.
dine with Sir Thomas Gresham (v.) (also sup with Sir Thomas Gresham) [Sir Thomas Gresham (1519–79), founder of the Royal Society and a well-known philanthropist; the image is of a poor person forced to appeal to Gresham for charity]

to go without one’s dinner.

R. Hayman Quidlibets in Ebsworth (1876) 366: For often with Duke Humfray thou dost dine, / And often with Sir Thomas Gresham sup.
E.C. Brewer Reader’s Handbook 255: Dinnerless (The) are said to [...] ‘dine with Sir Thomas Gresham’.
[UK]Lichfield Mercury 12 June 5/6: ‘To dine with Sir Thomas Gresham’ and to ‘dine with the cross-legged knights’ signifies that you have no dinner to go to.