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obsolete Overweight and of greasy complexion. Used by the character Falstaff in Shakespeare's Henry IV, referring to the "bacon-fed knaves" whom he is about to rob. Those slovenly, bacon-fed men who feed their faces till near bursting fill me with disgust.
feed the fishes
slang To drown. Primarily heard in UK. We've got a search party out there right now, but I'm getting more and more worried about some of our guys feeding the fishes. If you can't swim, it's only a matter of time till you feed the fishes!
be fed up to the back teeth
slang To be bored or annoyed with a persistent issue. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I'm fed up to the back teeth with this weather—will it ever stop raining? We're all fed up to the back teeth with your constant complaining, Marge!
1. Literally, to have food inserted into one's mouth by another person. My mother had to be spoon-fed for awhile after her stroke. No, my daughter is off the bottle now—she's spoon-fed.
2. By extension, to be helped excessively by someone else (usually to the recipient's detriment). Those students are lazy because they are always spoon-fed the answers by their teacher. The actress got so flustered in front of the camera that she had to be spoon-fed her lines. How unprofessional!
*fed up (to some degree) (with someone or something)
bored or disgusted with someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; become ~.) I am fed up to my eyeballs with your complaining. I am just fed up to here!
I'm (really) fed up (with someone or something).
Fig. I have had enough of someone or something. Something must be done. Tom: This place is really dull. John: Yeah. I'm fed up with it. I'm out of here! Sally: Can't you do anything right? Bill: I'm really fed up with your complaining! You're always picking on me!
fed up (with somebody/something)
annoyed by someone or something sick (and tired) of somebody/something Some people are fed up with so much violence on television. I'm fed up with her - she always keeps me waiting.
Usage notes: usually said about something that you have accepted for too long
be fed up/sick to the back teeth(British & Australian informal)
to be bored or angry because a bad situation has continued for too long or a subject has been discussed too much (often + with ) He's been treating me badly for two years and, basically, I'm fed up to the back teeth with it. (often + of ) You're probably sick to the back teeth of hearing about my problems!
to be given too much help or information When I was at school we weren't spoon-fed, we had to work things out for ourselves.
fed to the gills
Also, fed to the teeth; fed up. Disgusted, unable or unwilling to put up with something. For example, I'm fed to the gills with these delays (the gills here is slang for "mouth"), or He was fed to the teeth with her excuses, or I'm fed up-let's leave right now. Of these colloquial expressions, fed up, alluding to being overfull from having overeaten, dates from about 1900, and the others from the first half of the 1900s. Also see up to one's ears.
1. and the feds n. a federal agent concerned with narcotics, tax collection, customs, etc. Some fed was prowling around asking questions about you.
2. and The Fed n. the Federal Reserve Board. (Colloquial. Usually Fed. Always with the in this sense.) The Fed is not likely to raise interest rates very soon again.
See also: fed
See also: fed