eat up

Definitions

  • "Little Black Sambo, I'm going to eat you up!"
    "Little Black Sambo, I'm going to eat you up!"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v eat up use up (resources or materials) "this car consumes a lot of gas","We exhausted our savings","They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"
    • v eat up finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table "She polished off the remaining potatoes"
    • v eat up enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing "The huge waves swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly thereafter"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Even if you eat food standing on your head, the food will still end up in your stomach
    • Eat up to devour: to consume, absorb
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Quotations

  • Robert E. Lee
    Robert%20E.%20Lee
    “I have been up to see the Congress and they do not seem to be able to do anything except to eat peanuts and chew tobacco, while my army is starving.”
  • Fred A. Allen
    Fred%20A.%20Allen
    “He dreamed he was eating shredded wheat and woke up to find the mattress half gone.”
  • Sir Richard Burton
    Sir Richard Burton
    “A man that hoards up riches and enjoys them not, is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. etan; cf. Ger. essen, Ice. eta, L. edĕre, Gr. edein.

Usage

In literature:

They will not go away, but make themselves at home here and eat up my inheritance.
"Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca" by Homer
After a while they caught up with the people, who had stopped to rest and eat.
"The Stars, My Brothers" by Edmond Hamilton
And when nobody comes, Juliana and I have to eat everything up ourselves.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
That chap must have eat up all that had been before him, and he weighed three-and-thirty pound.
"The Golden Magnet" by George Manville Fenn
I got a few chickens bout the place what eat up the scraps what the pig don't get.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
But the dream meaneth that we two, poor and hungry, might eat up all your people and become their masters.
"Pharaoh's Broker" by Ellsworth Douglass
So the wolf lifted the latch and the door flew open; then he rushed in, hoping to seize upon the poor old grandmother, and eat her up.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf; a Practical Plan of Character Building, Volume I (of 17)" by Various
Wait till I catch you, and I'll eat you up alive!
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
The Iroquois are coming to eat us up!
"Heroes of the Middle West" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Just before eating, steam up again, and serve hot.
"The Khaki Kook Book" by Mary Kennedy Core
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In poetry:

Touch not, whate'er thou dost, a bribe;
'Twill eat thee up, with all thy tribe,
And will not leave a mite, among
Thy race, that did to thee belong.
"Godly Exhortations To A Child " by Rees Prichard
Then they hae tane him up thro' Carlisle town,
And set him by the chimney fire;
They gave brave Noble a wheat loaf to eat,
And that was little his desire.
"Hobbie Noble" by Andrew Lang
There dwelt an Old Woman Exeter,
When visitors came it sore vexed her,
So for fear they should eat,
She lock'd up all the meat;
This stingy Old Woman of Exeter.
"Limericks: The History of Sixteen Wonderful Old Women" by Anonymous British
In vain it is, to rise up with the light,
In vain it is, to eat the bread of care,
In vain, to watch the tedious winter-night,
If we without God's holy blessing are.
"Advice To Pray Earnestly, And On All Occasions, Supposed To Be Address'd To His Own Son" by Rees Prichard
Permit us not, O God, thy gifts to waste,
Or eat our meat, as filthy hogs eat mast,
Ne'er lifting up our heads, our hands, or eyes,
To see, from whence those benefits arise!
"A Prayer On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard
Two Undergraduates came up,
And slowly took a seat,
They knit their brows, and bit their thumbs,
As if they found them sweet,
And this was odd, because you know
Thumbs are not good to eat.
"The Vulture and the Husbandman" by Arthur Clement Hilton

In news:

Wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast and go explore the natural world.
The chef de caves opens up about the autumn release of Cave Privée, his winemaking philosophy and his favorite foods to eat with mature Champagne.
A Harvard study found that when people talk about themselves, their brains light up as if they were eating good food or getting money.
But when the recipient eats, breathes and sleeps whitetails , coming up with the right gift can be an intimidating process.
Cons Syncing eats up battery.
Having grown up on a fruit tree farm, only second to the hard work, is eating.
Eat Pray Love' pilgrims — who sought out the meaning of life — say they wound up broke and totally broken.
Nowadays, I spend much of my time eating in restaurants or locked up in my office documenting those experiences.
What they thought they were eating was therefore different from what actually ended up making it into their stomachs.
Motor up to the Panhandle and get your kicks (and eats and gifts) on (and off) Route 66.
The Eagles' nickel cornerback just smiled and laughed Thursday when asked about Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown calling him a "candy bar," meaning Pittsburgh would eat him up Sunday.
"Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal".
Wisconsin-based Basics Cooperative Natural Foods knows eating healthy doesn't have to mean giving up sweets.
Workers from Alabama, who helped PPL restore power after Hurricane Sandy, eat lunch last week in a tent set up in a parking lot at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom.
From Monday to Friday the homeless, seniors, people who can't afford to eat, and people you may never have thought of line up for what may be their only meal of the day.
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In science:

When a bug needs to move on, it may pick up any card from the site it’s on and move in the indicated direction, eating the card in the process.
Goldbug Variations
While doing this we are able to make small “excursions” to eat up the Xi s in squares belonging to non-giant components of D, the bad clusters and all the other Xi s.
Hamiltonicity of the random geometric graph
Neither the small clusters nor the large one are static and the latter loses or eats up particles or smaller clusters.
Cluster Growth in two- and three-dimensional Granular Gases
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