High tea

MICHEL: Can I kill her [Drella]?
LORELAI: Not before high tea.

In Britain, high tea was a heavy meal served at the end of the working day, consisting of meat or fish dishes with vegetables, including roasts, pies, stews and casseroles. It was what most people would call “dinner” today, although in British English “tea” can still be used to denote the main evening meal.

In international usage, “high tea” is often used as a synonym for afternoon tea, and at an inn, has connotations of a fairly elaborate, formal spread.

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