Chinese Phrase - Make up for the cost by eating plenty


Make up for the cost by eating plenty

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Bǎ běn chī huí lái

Literal meaning: [Grammar particle (take)] Cost Eat Return Come
A Chinese friend of mine taught me this phrase, which I find very interesting. It isn't a chengyu though. Meaning: If you go to a restaurant and have a eat-all-you-can buffet at a pricey restaurant, then you might use this word to make the point that you (and your friends) should eat a lot to make up for the cost. I gave it the best English translation I could think of at the late hour. If you can think of a better one, please do write me.
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