(one) did everything (one) could 'cept eat (someone)(redirected from did everything could 'cept eat)
(one) did everything (one) could 'cept eat (someone)
One treated someone very harshly or severely. "'Cept" is an informal shortening of "except." When Mama found out we had disobeyed her, she was furious and did everything she could 'cept eat us.
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did everything he could 'cept eat us
Rur. acted very hostilely. When it came time to pass sentence on the criminal, the judge did everything he could 'cept eat him.
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