eat (one) alive

(redirected from Eat You Alive)
Also found in: Wikipedia.

eat (one) alive

1. To bite one excessively, as of insects. If you're out here at dusk, the mosquitos will eat you alive.
2. To overwhelm and/or easily defeat one due to being more aggressive, powerful, etc. Our team isn't very good, and I'm worried that the competition at this level will eat us alive. Lena is so meek, I worry about her moving to the city. They're going to eat her alive.
3. To criticize one harshly. The teacher will eat you alive if you come in without your homework again today.
4. To cause one significant physical or emotional pain. Even though it's been a while, I think memories of that accident are still eating him alive.
See also: alive, eat

eat someone alive

Overwhelm or defeat someone thoroughly, make short work of someone. For example, Lacking experience in manufacturing, he was eaten alive by his competitors. This slangy hyperbole dates from the early 1900s. A newer slangy variant is eat someone's lunch, dating from the mid-1900s. For example, It was a decisive victory; he ate the incumbent's lunch.
See also: alive, eat, someone

eat someone alive

1. If you say that someone or something will eat you alive, you mean that they will seriously harm or criticize you. If a president does not introduce new measures, he's going to be eaten alive by Wall Street. He was certain Sid would be eaten alive by the hardened criminals at the jail.
2. If something such as an illness or a problem is eating you alive, it is causing you great pain or distress. The pain ate him alive; the world was nothing but fire and pain. I know and she knows that the nursing home is the only solution. But it is eating me alive.
3. If you are eaten alive by insects, you are repeatedly bitten by them. We've been sleeping on the floor; we have no water. It's been easily 100, 125 degrees. We've been eaten alive by bugs. `Can we go out?' — `Outside? The mosquitoes will eat us alive.'
See also: alive, eat, someone

eat someone alive

1 (of insects) bite someone many times. 2 exploit someone's weakness ruthlessly. informal
See also: alive, eat, someone

eat somebody aˈlive

(informal)
1 (also have/eat somebody for ˈbreakfast) criticize or punish somebody severely because you are extremely angry with them
2 (also have/eat somebody for ˈbreakfast) defeat somebody completely in an argument, a competition, etc: The defence lawyers are going to eat you alive tomorrow.The union leader eats managers for breakfast!
3 (usually used in the passive) (of insects, etc.) bite somebody many times: I was being eaten alive by mosquitoes.
See also: alive, eat, somebody

eat (someone) alive

Slang
To overwhelm or defeat thoroughly: an inexperienced manager who was eaten alive in a competitive corporate environment.
See also: alive, eat
References in classic literature ?
"I could certainly eat you alive," Martin said, in turn running insolent eyes over the other's disease-ravaged frame.
"You are like all the rest," she said; "they trick you and eat you alive. They never sell the houses without interest.
"This city is gonna eat you alive!" despairs Erica.
You turn your back on it and it will eat you alive."
He said, 'They will eat you alive.' He was right," Thomas said (via (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6050991/Thomas-Markle-reveals-phone-Harry-heated-call-following-staged-paparazzi-photos.html) Daily Mail ).
I will eat you alive. Just bring me vinegar and salt.
Give her a stick and tell her it's a pinata Coronation Street She's going to eat you alive, Dev The wait is finally over - fans rejoice, as Dev and Erica finally become more than just good friends.
The surface is old, crusty concrete with exposed aggregate that's just waiting to eat you alive. It's also hot as hell and shade is scarce.
CHELTENHAM will eat you alive and despite putting up several decent-priced winners I'm still waiting to strike it rich.
Not that you do not deserve a rest, but the Mayflies, deer flies and mosquitoes will eat you alive! There are also a few challenges out in the landscape that require your attention.
So people, watch these vultures who want to eat you alive when you are weak and helpless.
"You never know if you look at the eyes of a shark whether they're going to buy you a drink or eat you alive. He's exactly the same.
The band opened their set with My Generation, followed by hits like Show Me What You Got, Eat You Alive, Hot Dog, Break Stuff, Re-arranged and Nookie.
Rub insect repellant with DEET on your skin so the bugs don't eat you alive. Protect your skin with sun screen, your hearing with combat arms earplugs and your eyes with combat eyewear.
But if you did not take the initiative--if you went to him and said, "boy, I got a problem that I don't know what to do with"--he would eat you alive.