eat (something) off

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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) something

 and 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.
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References in classic literature ?
Shouldn't wonder if she drove six white horses, ate off gold plate, and wore diamonds and point lace every day.
He was eating and throwing away food on the floor, then ate off the floor.
This time, it was after the students left," Ingano said, adding that everyone worked together, students ate off paper plates and they did a lot of "book work.
The steaks were so big the plates weren't big enough, so we ate off 'silver platters'.
I just remember we ate off each other's plates, and I had whatever the Buttons told me to order.
The food you actually get sits on disposable plastic dishes, some of them compartmentalized, reminding of those trays we ate off in an army mess hall.