eat (someone's) dust

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eat (someone's) dust

To be outperformed or outrun by someone, usually by a very wide margin. The veteran runner was performing at the best of his career, and everyone else in the race ate his dust. We've been eating the competitor's dust since they released their new line of smartphones.
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Christopher Broome, 37, pleaded guilty at a court martial to forcing young soldiers to eat dust, grass, string and plastic.
Marjorie, who runs the fat fighters' slimming group in the award-winning BBC comedy, has become an icon of nutritional ignorance, urging her charges to eat dust to lose weight.
We are going to be the ones to make dust, not eat dust.
Colour Sgt Christopher Broome, 37, forced squaddies to eat dust, grass and string, and to lick candle wax and boot polish during a room inspection.
Vicky Pollard no-but-yeahing past a supermarket detective, 'wheelchair-bound' Lou still pulling the wool over Andy's eyes, camp Sebastian cooing at the leader of the opposition, Dafydd coming out to his unsurprised parents and Marjorie Dawes encouraging her Fat Fighters to eat dust if they were hungry.
She tells her students they can only eat dust - as "dust is low in fat".