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After a storm comes a calm late 16th century saying, with a figurative use deriving from earlier observations of weather lore, as in Langland's Piers Plowman (1377), ‘After sharpe shoures…moste shene [bright] is the sonne.’

after dinner rest a while, after supper walk a mile the assumption is that dinner is a heavy meal, while supper is a light one. The saying is recorded from the late 16th century, but the precept was current in medieval Latin as post prandium stabis, post coenam ambulabis ‘after luncheon you will stand still, after supper you will walk about.’

after the feast comes the reckoning a period of pleasure or indulgence has to be paid for; recorded from the early 17th century, but now chiefly in modern North American use.

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