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Eat Up

Definition of the verb eat up

What does eat up mean as a doing phrase?


  1. finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table
    • example: They eat up more bread
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb]Cynthia ate | Cynthia drank | Cynthia nibbled | Cynthia sipped
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Oblique, reflexive] [Adjective]Cynthia ate herself sick | Cythia drank herself sick
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Cynthia ate the peach | Cynthia devoured the pizza | Cynthia drank the wine | Cynthia gobbled the pizza | Cynthia nibbled the carrot | Cynthia quaffed her mead | Cynthia sipped the drink | Cynthia swilled the beverage
      [Agent - being] [Verb] at [Patient]Cynthia ate at the peach | Cynthia nibbled at the carrot
      [Agent - being] [Verb] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]He ate off of the table | He drank out of the goblet

      Verbs of Ingesting (with the same syntax): eat.

    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonyms of eat up: finish / polish off
    • more generic word: eat = take in solid food
    • more specific terms:
  2. use up (resources or materials)
  3. enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing

Alternative definition of the verb eat up


  1. [idiomatic] To consume completely.
  2. [idiomatic] To accept or believe entirely, immediately, and without questioning.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Eat Up

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Google previewThe Dickson Baseball Dictionary (Third Edition) (2011)

by Paul Dickson

eat up 1. To field a ground ball or catch ...

Google previewCassell's Dictionary of Slang (2005)

by Jonathon Green

eat up adj. (also ate up) 1 (1970s) (US campus) tired out, exhausted. 2 [1990s+] disorganized, messy, all over the place.

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Usage statistics about eat up

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb eat up:


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Eat up Meaning

Video shows what eat up means. To consume completely.. To accept or believe entirely, immediately, and without questioning.. Eat up Meaning. How to ...

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Idiom in American Sign Language "EAT UP"

Duration 01:22

This is the 15th idiom of the week, in American Sign Language (ASL) taught by Avery Posner who is part of a team of Deaf ASL educators and filmmakers; a courtesy of Everyday ASL Productions,...

Quotes about Eat Up

I thought I had no husband, and I eat up the stew.
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