to eat a meal before going to a restaurant. The theory is that if you pre-eat, you will be less hungry, order less food, and save money. Sometimes, you can't really afford to eat out, but in order to maintain a social life, you have to agree to meet your friends in a restaurant once in a while. Pre-eating allows you to maintain your social life and avoid going broke.
Honey, Joe wants us to meet him for sushi tonight at Dojo's. If we pre-eat, the bill shouldn't set us back too much.
Even while pre-eating, I wasn't able to pay my monthly student loan payments.
I pre-ate a loaf of bread before meeting my colleague for dinner.
I've always been a big pre-eater.