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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

fish-eating grin

A smug, self-satisfied, or overly pleased smile, especially one that (intentionally or unintentionally) irritates others. She's been walking around with that fish-eating grin on her face ever since she found out she got into Harvard.
See also: grin

pie-eating grin

A smug, self-satisfied, or overly pleased smile, especially one that (intentionally or unintentionally) irritates others. She's been walking around with that pie-eating grin on her face ever since she found out she got into Harvard.
See also: grin

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

shit-eating grin

rude slang A facial expression denoting arrogance, smugness, or self-satisfaction. Primarily heard in US. I really wanted to wipe that shit-eating grin off his face after he won the poker game.
See also: grin

eat high on the hog

To prosper or otherwise live very well. It refers to the rich being able to afford the choicest cut of meat, which, from a pig, is higher up on the animal. They've been eating high on the hog ever since David won the lottery. It must be a shock for them having to count their pennies like this—they're used to eating high on the hog, after all.
See also: eat, high, hog, on

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Prov. You don't know the quality of something until you have tried it or experienced it. Theory says that this material will produce a superior widget, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
See also: eating, of, proof, pudding

What's eating someone?

Inf. Fig. What is bothering someone? Tom: Go away! Bob: Gee, Tom, what's eating you? Bill: Tom's so grouchy lately. What's eating him? Bob: Beats me!

what's eating you

what is making you angry What's eating him today - pressure from work or problems at home?
See also: eating

what's eating somebody?

something that you ask when someone is angry and you want to know why He suddenly noticed I wasn't joining in the conversation. 'What's eating you tonight?' he asked.

have somebody in the palm of your hand

  also have somebody eating out of the palm of your hand
to have so much control over someone that they will do whatever you want them to do She's got her boyfriend eating out of the palm of her hand. It was such an amazing performance - he had the audience in the palm of his hand.
See grease palm
See also: hand, have, of, palm

a shit-eating grin

  (American taboo)
a look of extreme satisfaction on someone's face that is annoying to other people who are less happy Ever since she heard they'd won she's been sitting there with that shit-eating grin on her face.
See also: grin

proof of the pudding, the

Results are what count, as in Let's see if this ad actually helps sales-the proof of the pudding, you know. The full expression of this proverb, dating from about 1600, is The proof of the pudding is in the eating, but it has become so well known that it is often abbreviated.
See also: of, proof

what's eating you

Also, what's bugging you. What is annoying or bothering you? For example, We've conceded just about every point, so what's eating you now? or You're in a terrible mood-what's bugging you? The first slangy term, dating from the late 1800s, presumably uses eat in the sense of "consume"; the colloquial variant, from about 1940, uses bug in the sense of "annoy." Also see what's with.
See also: eating

What’s eating someone?

interrog. What is bothering someone? What’s eating Fred? He’s in a rotten humor.
See also: eating
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You should concentrate on eating a variety of foods.
That's the paradox of eating disorders,'' Greenfield notes.
But Brooks emphasizes that the issue is far more complicated: "While there is truth to this idea, it's more likely the ease that eating disorders develop when there are many factors at work over time, including family pressures, shame, and mixed messages about food, appearance, and weight.
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Cole notes that people have been eating fish and curries safely for centuries.
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I realize that I couldn't begin to imagine myself eating meat.