Dinflation is the phenomenon
that occurs at a restaurant when
the diners realize
the check will likely be split
evenly and over order, causing
the final check to be inflated. The dinflation/over order is generally late
in the meal and may be an extra bottle of wine, a digestif (e.g. port), or dessert that you wouldn't normally order.
is particularly prevalent in situations where
a meal is spread out over many shared
a bottle of wine is ordered & shared
some of the party shows up late
complicating things, or when
patrons are not carrying cash and the polite thing
to do is simply "split
the check X ways" to save the waiter the headache.
The evening started
out pretty reserved with just the three couples. But after a round of appetizers and two bottles of wine, folks realized the check was going to be complicated. Dinflation occurred when
they set caution to the wind, ordered the most expensive
cut of meat and someone even ordered a cigar.