I've heard the phrase "all day" used when commanding a kitchen brigade. It's generally used in a phrase like "I need 3 filets .. all day". What does this expression mean in this context? And what is its origin, if known?
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According to this site on restaurant phrases, all-day means:
There is no etymology I could find on where this phrase comes from, but in non-restaurant English all day has been around since c.1000.
I couldn't find where the phrase actually comes from, but it seems to be fairly recent slang. The earliest example I found is in this definition from a May 18, 2000 article called In Every Great Kitchen, A Great Expediter by Anne Willian (Los Angeles Times Syndicate):
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