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chow (something) down

Sl. to eat something, usually quickly or without good manners. We can chow this pizza down in about two minutes! I found a box of cookies and chowed it down before anybody knew what I was doing.
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chow down

Eat, as in He's always ready to chow down at dinner time. Originally military slang, this term is now more widely used. The noun chow in the sense of food, originating from either Chinese or pidgin English in the 18th century, also appears in such terms as chow line, a line of people waiting for food, and chow time, mealtime. [Slang; mid-1900s]
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chow down

v.
To eat something greedily or voraciously: We chowed down on the wild berries until the bush was bare. I dropped my sandwich on the ground and the dog chowed it down.
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chow down

in. to eat; to take a meal. Over there is where we chow down.
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I can remember standing in a chow line at Fort Ord, California, in the mid-1950s and being hawked four San Francisco dailies--the Chronicle, Examiner, Call Bulletin and the News.
If Norman Schwarzkopf and his aide-de-camp Sam Nunn claim that heterosexuals aren't safe in the showers from gays, think about meat-eating warriors in the chow line with a vegetarian.
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They're constantly jumping over one another, flying upwind to get to the front of the chow line.
Half an hour later, the men were moving slowly through a chow line in the mess hall, looking at a selection of food none of them ever enjoyed as Marines.
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but you'll still have to wait until noon for the chow line to open.
Penguins are orderly for the most part, and patiently wait their turn on the chow line.
Jones recalls that when after he was wounded and gassed and laid up in the Army hospital, he still was forced to the back of the chow lines.