(one) won't eat (someone)

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(one) won't eat (someone)

Someone has no reason to be afraid of one; someone should not be shy about approaching or talking to one. Don't worry, child, I won't eat you. I just wanted to give you a message to pass along to your father. This is your Uncle Jack, son. Well, go on and shake his hand, he won't eat you.
See also: eat

he, she, etc. won’t ˈeat you

(informal) said to encourage somebody to speak to or approach somebody who seems frightening: Come on, Emma, Santa Claus won’t eat you! If you go closer, he’ll give you a present!
See also: eat
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I have not found anything yet that she won't eat, and at least apples are good for her.
Claire's Mexican housekeeper Silvana (an exceptional Adriana Barraza) cooks food she won't eat and shuttles her around town, usually in the pursuit of more pills.
She won't enter a room unless invited, and she won't eat her dinner until everyone is seated at the dinner table (even though her bowl is in the den).
It explains, in a way that clearly demonstrates nothing has changed, how: "She must be hungry, but as usual, she won't eat her dinner.
She says she won't eat again until Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with her to discuss the treaty rights of her people.
No amount of spiritual guidance will help picky Melissa's palette though because once again she's not happy with the menu and worried she won't eat anything.
Her body has become very weak, and her color is pale, but still she won't eat.
I have tried tins and sachets but she won't eat them.
She won't eat pork, she won't eat bacon, and I have to be very careful with what I eat," Contactmusic quoted her as saying.
She won't eat white fish, but she loves matzo ball soup.
Seachange spends a couple of hours out in the paddocks in the evening - she won't eat her breakfast in the morning if she doesn't.
Even when people offer her things - things that kids don't want to turn away, like cookies and sweets - if she can't be assured, she won't eat it," said Randy, 49, a code enforcement inspector for the city of Eugene.