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 for To dine with Duke Humphrey
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dine \Dine\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dined; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Dining.] [F. d[^i]ner, OF. disner, LL. disnare, contr. fr.
     an assumed disjunare; dis- + an assumed junare (OF. juner) to
     fast, for L. jejunare, fr. jejunus fasting. See Jejune, and
     cf. Dinner, D?jeuner.]
     To eat the principal regular meal of the day; to take dinner.
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           Now can I break my fast, dine, sup, and sleep. --Shak.
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     To dine with Duke Humphrey, to go without dinner; -- a
        phrase common in Elizabethan literature, said to be from
        the practice of the poor gentry, who beguiled the dinner
        hour by a promenade near the tomb of Humphrey, Duke of
        Gloucester, in Old Saint Paul's.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Duke \Duke\ (d[=u]k), n. [F. duc, fr. L. dux, ducis, leader,
     commander, fr. ducere to lead; akin to AS. te['o]n to draw;
     cf. AS. heretoga (here army) an army leader, general, G.
     herzog duke. See Tue, and cf. Doge, Duchess, Ducat,
     Duct, Adduce, Deduct.]
     1. A leader; a chief; a prince. [Obs.]
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              Hannibal, duke of Carthage.           --Sir T.
                                                    Elyot.
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              All were dukes once, who were "duces" -- captains or
              leaders of their people.              --Trench.
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     2. In England, one of the highest order of nobility after
        princes and princesses of the royal blood and the four
        archbishops of England and Ireland.
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     3. In some European countries, a sovereign prince, without
        the title of king.
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     4. pl. The fists; as, put up your dukes. [slang]
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     Duke's coronet. See Illust. of Coronet.
  
     To dine with Duke Humphrey, to go without dinner. See under
        Dine.
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