feed the beast

feed the beast

1. In politics, to fund or supplement governmental spending, especially through increased tax revenue. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Politicians are always looking for new ways to feed the beast, but if we really want the economy to recover, we need to be cutting taxes across the board.
2. To devote or contribute an undue amount of resources, time, or energy to a self-perpetuating pursuit, situation, behavior, or desire. His addiction had become so severe that he sold everything he owned to keep feeding the beast. The country's leaders enlisted every able man to feed the beast of its war of expansion. We're brainwashed from a young age to continue feeding the beast of consumerism.
See also: beast, feed
References in classic literature ?
The beasts--however, it is simply absurd to suppose he did not know any more than to feed the beasts on oyster suppers.
Shaun Mason (Press Officer) and Gerald Kyd (Prime Minister) in Feed the Beast <B
A new installment of the Feed the Beast campaign will support the relaunch of the Spicy Chicken Burrito.
The world premiere of Feed The Beast will take place in April.
9 billion of federal tax--the better to feed the beast.
My principles are quite simple - add value to the customer, change to ensure you do, or move on, as we do not want people who simply "manage" others or, worse still, feed the beast of bureaucracy.
Be careful out there in the market; try not to feed the beast unless forced too.
We live in a 24/7 news cycle--you have to feed the beast right now.
Every dollar in an FSA is a dollar that doesn't feed the beast in D.
While selling newspaper buildings isn't a new thing -- the trend of moving presses away from the city center is at least three decades old and once the presses are out, thee's no real reason to stay -- the sudden flurry speaks to the issue of the need for newly leveraged, non-public publishers to continue to feed the beast that is the investment banks.
You need to feed the beast that's gnawing at your stomach, but you don't want to poison yourself with the McPlastic stuff.