Barmecide feast


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Barmecide feast

a sham banquet, with empty plates, given to a beggar by wealthy Bagdad nobleman. [Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights, “The Barmecide’s Feast”]
See: Feast

Barmecide feast

imaginary feast served t0 beggar by prince. [Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights, “The Barmecide’s Feast”]

Barmecide feast

beggar given empty dishes, imaginary food. [Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights, “The Barmecide’s Feast”]
References in classic literature ?
To the admirers of cities it is a Barmecide Feast: a pleasant field for the imagination to rove in; a monument raised to a deceased project, with not even a legible inscription to record its departed greatness.
But McLaughlin's is a Barmecide feast, whereas Childers' spread provides genuine nourishment.