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chow down

To eat, often quickly or enthusiastically. A noun 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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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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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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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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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.
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There were numerous choke-points where personnel were held up, and we made it our mission to turn these chokepoints into areas that flowed and got people through the chow lines faster.
Once these changes were fully implemented, chow lines decreased from an average of 60 minutes to 15 minutes.
Mallards are easily convinced to put on the feed bag and fight to the front of the chow line.
He talked about the chow hall and demonstrated how to walk in the chow line, explaining about the negative consequences one soldier suffered after not following the procedure.
That includes providing foods that can improve and prolong their lives, such as the recently enhanced Purina Chow line of products Irom Nestle Purina PetCare.
Stretches of beach close to inlets tend to be best due to bait making brief stopovers there, and inlet dwellers do come out and range along the sand to intercept the chow line.
Half an hour later, the men were moving slowly through a chow line in the mess hall, looking at a selection of food none of them ever enjoyed as Marines.
They're constantly jumping over one another, flying upwind to get to the front of the chow line.
What the geese are doing when they slide from one set of flyers to the next, Dively said, is heading for the front of the chow line, where they expect to find the best food.
Penguins are orderly for the most part, and patiently wait their turn on the chow line.
but you'll still have to wait until noon for the chow line to open.
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.
Jones recalls that when after he was wounded and gassed and laid up in the Army hospital, he still was forced to the back of the chow lines.