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eat (one's) heart out

1. To feel great sadness. I feel just awful for Mary—she's been eating her heart out ever since she found out she was rejected by her top-choice school.
2. To be very jealous. In this usage, the phrase is often said as an imperative and sometimes mentions a famous person (when the speaker comically claims to be more talented than that person). Eat your heart out—I got tickets to the concert and you didn't! Look at how well I dance now—Gene Kelly, eat your heart out!
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eat (one's) heart out

 
1. Fig. to grieve; to be sorrowful. (Fixed order.) She has been eating her heart out over that jerk ever since he ran away with Sally. Don't eat your heart out. You really didn't like him that much, did you?
2. Fig. to suffer from envy or jealousy. (Usually a command.) Yeah, the reward money is all mine. Eat your heart out! Eat your heart out! I won it fair and square.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

eat one's heart out

Feel bitter anguish, grief, worry, jealousy, or another strong negative emotion. For example, She is still eating her heart out over being fired, or Eat your heart out-my new car is being delivered today. This hyperbolic expression alludes to strong feelings gnawing at one's heart. [Late 1500s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

eat your heart out

INFORMAL
COMMON If you say eat your heart out and mention the name of a famous person, you mean that you or someone else has just done the thing that person is famous for very well or to a great degree. In the following examples, James Bond is a character in action movies, and Robbie Williams is a pop singer. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. We just managed to overtake the bus, and smashed through the gate just as it was being closed. James Bond eat your heart out, I say. He's already amassed a £60 million fortune after selling more than 40 million albums worldwide — eat your heart out, Robbie Williams! Note: This idea is an old one - the Greek philosopher Pythagoras is said to have used the saying `do not eat your heart out', meaning `do not waste your life worrying'. Compare with your heart out.
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eat your heart out

1 suffer from excessive longing, especially for someone or something unattainable. 2 used to indicate that you think someone will feel great jealousy or regret about something.
2 1997 Christina Reid Clowns Wait'll you see my new frock. Joan Collins eat your heart out.
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eat your ˈheart out (for somebody/something)

(especially British English) be very unhappy because you want somebody/something that you cannot have: He’s eating his heart out for that woman.
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eat your ˈheart out

(spoken) used to compare two things and say that one of them is better: Look at him dance! Eat your heart out, John Travolta (= he dances even better than John Travolta).
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eat one’s heart out

1. tv. to suffer from sorrow or grief. Don’t eat your heart out. You really didn’t like him that much, did you?
2. tv. to suffer from envy or jealousy. (Usually a command.) Yeah, this one’s all mine. Eat your heart out!
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

eat (one's) heart out

1. To feel bitter anguish or grief.
2. To be consumed by jealousy.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

eat one's heart out, to

To worry excessively. “Eating our hearts for weariness and sorrow” appeared in Homer’s Odyssey (ca. 850 b.c.). Presumably here, as in later usage, eating one’s heart is analogous to consuming one’s inmost self with worry or anxiety. Later English writers, including John Lyly and Sir Francis Bacon, ascribed the saying to the Greek philosopher Pythagoras, who also used it (“Eat not thy heart,” Praecentum, ca. 525 b.c.). A modern slangy variant invoking a different feeling is the spoken imperative eat your heart out, meaning “doesn’t that make you jealous.” A translation from the Yiddish es dir oys s’harts, it originated in America in the 1960s and was popularized by the television show Laugh-In.
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