So chow down, if you dare, and be sure to leave room for dessert.
What better way to juice up than to chow down on some of that blood dripping off the just-dead animal hanging outside your hut?
They might, at least, let us chow down on a few Big Macs from time to time without putting on the pounds.
"food," 1856, American English (originally in California), from Chinese pidgin English chow-chow (1795) "food," reduplication of Chinese cha or tsa "mixed." The dog breed of the same name is from 1886, of unknown origin, but some suggest a link to the Chinese tendency to see dogs as edible.
To eat; have a meal: They should bundle up, chow down, and stay home (WWII Navy)
Food; meals; fare: How's the chow at Maxim's these days? (1856+)
: OK gang, let's chow (1900+)
[perhaps fr Pidgin English chow-chow, ''a mixture (of foods),'' but also a dog of China that is eaten by the poor]