eat (something) off(redirected from ate off)
eat (something) off
To erode or wear something away. A very corrosive substance must have eaten off this part of the pipe.
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eat something off (of) somethingand eat something off
to erode something off a larger part. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The acidic rain ate the finish off the steeple. The acid ate off the finish.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.