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look like the cat that ate the canary

1. To appear smug and/or overly pleased with oneself to others, especially over something one has done, received, or accomplished. After her promotion, Janet spent the rest of the day looking like the cat that ate the canary.
2. To have the appearance of guilt but attempt to hide behind an air of smugness or feigned nonchalance. When questioned on the use of campaign funds for his own personal pleasure, the senator looked like the cat that ate the canary.
See also: ate, canary, cat, like, look

eat into (something)

1. To take away or use up a large amount of resources over a certain period of time. Changing voter demographics have been eating into the party's traditionally strong hold on state politics. Don't eat into your savings to pay for that fancy new smart phone.
2. To erode, corrode, or slowly consume something. Rising acidity in the ocean has caused it to start eating into the hulls of our ships.
See also: eat

eat (one's) gun

To commit suicide by shooting oneself in the head through the roof of one's mouth. Tom was so overcome with grief after his sister died that he ate his gun shortly thereafter.
See also: eat, gun

eat (one's) own dog food

1. To use the product(s) one's company produces or develops as a means of demonstrating or validating its quality, capabilities, or superiority to other brands. Used primarily in reference to software industries, the phrase is thought to have originated with advertisements for Alpo dog food in the 1980s, in which actor Lorne Green promoted the product by pointing out that he fed it to his own dogs. The company sent out a memo to all of its employees telling them to eat their own dog food to demonstrate their new operating system's speed and ease of use.
2. By extension, to use software one's company is developing—usually in its beta form—so as to test it for flaws and ensure its ease of use by end users before it is released. We didn't have time to eat our own dog food before the new operating system's release, so I'm worried it may still have a lot of glitches that haven't been accounted for yet.
See also: dog, eat, food

eat (someone's) ass out

1. rude slang To vehemently or furiously scold or reprimand someone, especially in the armed forces. The captain ate my ass out after I came back to the barracks drunk.
2. vulgar slang To sexually stimulate someone's anus with one's mouth.
See also: ass, eat, out

eat (one's) salt

To stay at someone's house. I feel bad eating Jim's salt for a week, but his house is closer to the meeting site than any hotel.
See also: eat, salt

eat (one's) words

To retract, regret, or feel foolish about what one has previously said. You think I can't get an A in this class, but I'll make you eat your words when we get our report cards! After my negative prediction for the season, I certainly ate my words when the team started out undefeated.
See also: eat, word

eat pussy

vulgar slang To perform cunnilingus on a woman.
See also: eat, pussy

eat (something or someone) for breakfast

To defeat, complete, or handle something easily. Often used as part of a boast. He can challenge me all he wants, I'm not worried! I eat chumps like him for breakfast! If anyone can write a term paper in one night, it's Rich—he eats assignments like that for breakfast!
See also: breakfast, eat

(The) dog ate my homework

A poor excuse for something that someone has failed to do on time. (From an excuse a student might give for failing to turn in homework on time. Occurs in many variations.) The dog ate my homework, so I have nothing to turn in. (Used as an attributive.) Bob was late with his report and had nothing but his typical dog-ate-my-homework excuses.
See also: ate, dog, homework

like the cat that got the cream

  (British & Australian) also like the cat that ate the canary (American)
if someone looks like the cat that got the cream, they annoy other people by looking very pleased with themselves because of something good that they have done Of course Mark got a glowing report so he was sitting there grinning like the cat that got the cream.
See also: cat, cream, like

look like the cat that ate the canary

Also, look like the cat that swallowed the canary. Appear smug and self-satisfied. For example, After she hit her third winning shot, Jeannie looked like the cat that ate the canary. [Second half of 1800s]
See also: ate, canary, cat, like, look

ate up with someone/something

mod. consumed with someone or something; intrigued by someone or something. Bob is really ate up with his new girlfriend.
See also: ate, up

the cat that ate the canary

Happy, often in a selfsatisfied way. Someone who was very pleased—and often smug—was compared to a house cat that figured out a way to liberate a pet bird from its cage and enjoy the aftermath.
See also: ate, canary, cat
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In her two-day studies, people ate 24 percent fewer calories when offered foods with lower calorie density (for example, a lower-fat, less-cheese pizza with veggies on top).
After feeding some of the monkeys 30 percent less food over 6 months, Mattson's team found that those animals had fewer symptoms of the disease, such as muscle tremors and rigidity, compared with monkeys that ate as much as they wanted.
All infected patients ate raw fresh Atlantic salmon and some ate a local fish, Centropomus undecimalis, in sushi or sashimi.
In addition, children of women who ate no or small amounts of fish (less than 12 ounces) during pregnancy had more behavioral and social problems than children whose mothers ate plenty (more than 12 ounces) of fish.
Women who ate nuts or seeds more than four times a week were 40 percent less likely to die of coronary heart disease than similar women who didn't eat nuts.
What was really cool was when my mom stopped eating meat also because she agreed with me and did not want to see Jaylin cry forever because Big Bird and Dorothy were gone for good because someone ate them.
Of 300 potential controls randomly selected from factory workers who ate in the cafeteria on July 11 or 12, 291 (97%) responded to the questionnaire.
When researchers injected the hormones into rats' brains, the animals ate 8 to 10 times more food than normal within a few hours.
Yet the 18 dairy-dieters in Zemel's Yoplait study ate yogurt, not cheese.
There's the sense that people have eaten all of this food, yet they feel empty because they ate at McDonald's and had no connection with anybody while eating it.
Unlike people who go on pasta binges, the caterpillars that ate extra carbohydrates didn't gain extra weight.
The patient reported that he ate a seafood salad in the canteen of his work place on 5 June and that three out of the four persons who ate the same kind of salad also had abdominal symptoms.
If all 100,000 ate farmed salmon from Washington state or Chile once a month, the number of cancer cases would climb by just one, to 33,001.
adults ate and looked for connections between their diets and the occurrence of certain diseases.
Similarly, among the 65 healthy participants, only 39 ate the fruits and 28 drank the teas.