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chow down

To eat, often quickly or enthusiastically. A noun or pronoun can be used between "chow" and "down." The puppy started chowing down the minute I set down his food bowl. Get in here so we can chow down—I'm starving!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

chow (something) down

Sl. to eat something, usually quickly or without good manners. We can chow this pizza down in about two minutes! I found a box of cookies and chowed it down before anybody knew what I was doing.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

chow down

Eat, as in He's always ready to chow down at dinner time. Originally military slang, this term is now more widely used. The noun chow in the sense of food, originating from either Chinese or pidgin English in the 18th century, also appears in such terms as chow line, a line of people waiting for food, and chow time, mealtime. [Slang; mid-1900s]
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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.

chow down

v.
To eat something greedily or voraciously: We chowed down on the wild berries until the bush was bare. I dropped my sandwich on the ground and the dog chowed it down.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

chow down

in. to eat; to take a meal. Over there is where we chow down.
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chow something down

tv. to eat something, probably quickly or without good manners. I found a box of cookies and chowed it down before anybody knew what I was doing.
See also: chow, down, something
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Beyond the high tension of combat, it's the day-to-day trivialities of troop life -- chow lines, religious services, kicking around a soccer ball -- that lift this book to rare heights.