eat up

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eat up vb (adverb, mainly tr)
  1. (also intr) to eat or consume entirely: often used as an exhortation to children
  2. informal to listen to with enthusiasm or appreciation: the audience ate up the speaker's every word
  3. (often passive) informal to affect grossly: she was eaten up by jealousy
  4. informal to travel (a distance) quickly: we just ate up the miles
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
eat /it/USA pronunciation   v.,  ate /eɪt; esp. Brit. ɛt/USA pronunciation   eat•en /ˈitən/USA pronunciation   eat•ing, n. 
  1. Physiologyto take into the mouth and swallow for nourishment: [+ object]We ate dinner early.[no object]We haven't eaten all day.
  2. to use up, esp. wastefully;
    consume gradually or slowly:[+ up/away/into + object]Unexpected expenses ate up their savings.
  3. to make (a hole, passage, etc.), as by wearing away, gnawing, or corroding:[+ object]The acid ate a hole right through the metal.

  1. Informal Termseats, [plural] Informal. food:The eats are good there and the prices are cheap.
eat•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
eat  (ēt),USA pronunciation v.,  ate  (āt;
esp. Brit. et) or (Archaic) eat  (et, ēt);
eat•en  or (Archaic) eat  (et, ēt);

  1. Physiologyto take into the mouth and swallow for nourishment;
    chew and swallow (food).
  2. to consume by or as if by devouring gradually;
    wear away;
    corrode:The patient was eaten by disease and pain.
  3. to make (a hole, passage, etc.), as by gnawing or corrosion.
  4. to ravage or devastate:a forest eaten by fire.
  5. to use up, esp. wastefully;
    consume (often fol. by up):Unexpected expenses have been eating up their savings.
  6. to absorb or pay for:The builder had to eat the cost of the repairs.
  7. Slang Terms(vulgar). to perform cunnilingus or fellatio on.

  1. to consume food;
    take a meal:We'll eat at six o'clock.
  2. to make a way, as by gnawing or corrosion:Acid ate through the linoleum.
  3. Idiomsbe eating someone, [Informal.]to worry, annoy, or bother:Something seems to be eating him—he's been wearing a frown all day.
  4. eat away or  into, to destroy gradually, as by erosion:For eons, the pounding waves ate away at the shoreline.
  5. Idiomseat crow. See  crow 1 (def. 7).
  6. Idiomseat high off the hog. See  hog (def. 11).
  7. Idiomseat humble pie. See  humble pie (def. 3).
  8. Idiomseat in, to eat or dine at home.
  9. Idiomseat one's heart out. See  heart (def. 23).
  10. Idiomseat one's terms. See  term (def. 16).
  11. Idiomseat one's words. See  word (def. 14).
  12. eat out, to have a meal at a restaurant rather than at home.
  13. eat out of one's hand. See  hand (def. 36).
  14. Idiomseat someone out of house and home, to eat so much as to strain someone's resources of food or money:A group of hungry teenagers can eat you out of house and home.
  15. Idiomseat someone's lunch, [Slang.]to thoroughly defeat, outdo, injure, etc.
  16. Nauticaleat the wind out of, to blanket (a sailing vessel sailing close-hauled) by sailing close on the weather side of.
  17. eat up: 
    • to consume wholly.
    • to show enthusiasm for;
      take pleasure in:The audience ate up everything he said.
    • to believe without question.

  1. Informal Termseats, food.
eater, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English eten, Old English etan; cognate with German essen, Gothic itan, Latin edere

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