eat up

verb(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

  1. (often passive) informal to affect grossly: she was eaten up by jealousy

  2. informal to travel (a distance) quickly: we just ate up the miles

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How to use eat up in a sentence

  • What of the infinite goodness of God in teaching the grub of the ichneumon-fly to eat up the cabbage caterpillar alive?

    God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
  • Human desires would eat up the result of ten times the work we now accomplish.

  • We fed them and turned them loose but the blamed fools hung around all day and eat up some sour beans I throwed out.

    Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
  • He promised to eat up in one hour all the figs and all the oranges and all the lemons in the King's orchards.

  • Poor Digby could not very well refuse; at the same time he did not see exactly why the bully should eat up his marmalade.

    Digby Heathcote | W.H.G. Kingston

Other Idioms and Phrases with eat up

eat up

Consume completely, as in No television until you eat up your dinner, or This quarter's expenses have eaten up all my spare cash. The literal use (first example) dates from the early 1500s, the figurative from the early 1600s.

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