eat up(redirected from ate them up)
eat it up
1. Literally, to eat something, especially to eat all of it. Often used as an imperative. I know lasagna isn't your favorite, kiddo, but if you want dessert, you've got to eat it up. Go on, eat it up. It will make you feel better.
2. To believe unquestioningly that something is true. I told them that I like this stupid school, and they totally ate it up—I guess I'm a pretty good actress.
3. To thoroughly enjoy something. When anyone showers the baby with love and affection, she just eats it up! Great job on the presentation—the board is going to eat it up.
1. verb To eat, especially to completely finish one's food. A noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "up." Often used as an imperative. Kim may be tiny, but she has a big appetite and will eat up anything you put in front of her. We've got to leave soon, kids, so eat up. Eat your vegetables up if you want to grow up strong.
2. verb To bite one excessively, as of insects. A noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "up." If you're outside at dusk, the mosquitos will eat you up.
3. verb To take or require a lot of some resource. A noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "up." I'm in a poor financial state because my hospital bills have eaten up so much of my money.
4. verb To believe unquestioningly that something is true. A noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "up." I told them that I like this stupid school, and they totally ate it up—I guess I'm a pretty good actress.
5. verb To thoroughly enjoy something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "up." The baby just eats up everyone's love and affection.
6. verb To continually bother or worry someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "up." The precarious state of my finances has really begun to eat me up. I'm worried that your critical comments have begun to eat Tiffany up—she seems very subdued these days.
7. verb To overwhelm and/or easily defeat one due to being more aggressive, powerful, etc. A noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "up." Our team isn't very good, and I'm worried that the competition at this level will eat us up.
eat someone up
1. . Lit. to consume the flesh of someone. The big bad wolf said he was going to eat you up! The bear ate up the fish.
2. Fig. [for an idea] to consume a person. The whole idea of visiting Australia was just eating her up. The obsession to own a car was eating up my brother and his friends.
3. Fig. [for insects] to bite a person all over. These mosquitoes are just eating me up! The bugs literally ate up all the hikers.
4. Fig. [for someone] to overwhelm and devastate someone. The guy is a devil! He just eats up people! Fred will just eat you up. He is a vicious administrator.
eat something up
1. . and eat an animal up Lit. to devour all of some food or an animal. They ate the turkey up, and no one had to eat leftovers. The lion ate up the zebra very quickly.
2. Fig. to consume something rapidly, such as money. Running this household eats my income up. The car really eats up gas.
3. Fig. to believe something. Those people really eat that stuff up about tax reduction. They'll eat up almost anything you tell them.
4. Fig. to appreciate something. The audience liked my singing; they really ate it up. The stuff about the federal budget went over well. They really ate up the whole story.
to eat everything; to eat eagerly. (Usually a command to begin eating. Compare this with Drink up!.) Come on, let's eat up and get going. Eat up, you guys, and get back to work!
See also: eat
1. Consume completely, as in No television until you eat up your dinner, or This quarter's expenses have eaten up all my spare cash. The literal use (first example) dates from the early 1500s, the figurative from the early 1600s.
2. Enjoy avidly, as in She simply eats up the publicity. [Late 1800s]
3. Believe unquestioningly, be gullible, as in He'll eat up whatever the broker tells him. [Slang; early 1900s]
4. Defeat completely, as in This new fighter just eats up every opponent. [Slang; c. 1830]
5. See eat out, def. 2.
1. To devour something completely: The children ate up all the food in the house. If you leave cookies out, the dog will eat them up.
2. To consume a large amount of something: The repair bills for maintaining this old car really eat up my savings account. Driving so fast ate all our gas up very quickly.
3. Slang To obsess or bother someone: That snide remark you made is still eating me up.
4. Slang To receive or enjoy something enthusiastically or avidly: That television celebrity really eats up the publicity. The kids love those jokes—they eat them right up.
5. Slang To believe something without question: He'll eat up whatever his broker tells him. I said I was very rich and she ate it right up.
in. to eat in enjoyment. (Usually a command.) Eat up! There’s plenty more where this came from.