• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dirt-eating a practice of using some kinds of clay for food, as among the Ottomacs of South America: a morbid impulse to eat dirt, amongst negroes (Cachexia Africana) and pregnant women
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. drit—Scand., Ice. drit, excrement.


In literature:

You deserve that I should let you eat your fists by way of table-board; but I'm no such dirt as you.
"Moran of the Lady Letty" by Frank Norris
May I eat dirt if thou hast hurt of me in deed or breath; What dam of lances brought thee forth to jest at the dawn with Death?
"Verses 1889-1896" by Rudyard Kipling
I'll eat all the dirt you want.
"Mr. Standfast" by John Buchan
I am hungry; I am so hungry that I could eat dirt!
"The Downfall" by Emile Zola
If I'm wrong I'll come to you gladly and eat dirt.
"The Thirteenth Chair" by Bayard Veiller
Others will seize every opportunity to eat unpleasant things, such as earth, sand, mud, or dirt of any sort.
"The Nervous Child" by Hector Charles Cameron
She's going to eat dirt because she misjudged me so.
"A Daughter of the Dons" by William MacLeod Raine
May I eat dirt if thou hast hurt of me in deed or breath.
"Lyra Heroica" by Various
We must all eat a peck of moral dirt before we die.
"Selections from Previous Worksand Remarks on Romanes' Mental Evolution in Animals" by Samuel Butler
The more they are allowed to eat literal dirt now, the less metaphorical dirt will they eat a few years hence.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 5, No. 28, February, 1860" by Various

In poetry:

“But let me scrape the dirt away
That hangs upon your face;
And stop and eat, for well you may
Be in a hungry case.”
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper

In news:

Just what I need, another filter to check and clean 7602 Racing says that your four-stroke is eating dirt via the carburetor vent lines, and I don't want my bikes on that kind of diet, so I was willing to try the installation.
Curiosity Mars rover starts 'to eat dirt '.
Don't eat dirt of political campaigns.
Sometimes You Just Have To ' Eat Dirt '.
Eating humble pie with a side of dirt.
Making a case for eating dirt, feeling better.
The real dirt on how they eat, exercise (or don't), and more.
With 200 other skateboarders when all of a sudden a deer comes out of no where and completely makes him eat dirt.
Curiosity Mars rover starts ' to eat dirt '.
How long should I wait to do this or do I need to put new dirt in the box before I plant vegetables that I'm going to eat.
These sheep ate the grass and other vegetation down to the dirt, leaving nothing for the resident elk to eat.
Gayle Moore's beloved pet, Pidge, loved to eat dirt.