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Sliced bread browned on both sides by exposure to heat; the practice of drinking a toast in honour of a person or thing goes back to the late 17th century, and originated in naming a lady whose health the company was requested to drink, the idea being that the lady's name flavoured the drink like the pieces of spiced toast that were formerly placed in drinks such as wine.

be toast be (or be likely to become) finished, defunct, or dead.

have someone on toast be in a position to deal with someone as one wishes; with reference to a food item served up on a slice of toast.


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