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eat (someone's) dust

To be outperformed or outrun by someone, usually by a very wide margin. The veteran runner was performing at the best of his career, and everyone else in the race ate his dust. We've been eating the competitor's dust since they released their new line of smartphones.
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eat someone's dust

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If you eat someone's dust, you are a long way behind them in a race or a competitive situation. If you ignore new production methods, you will have to eat your competitors' dust.
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eat someone's dust

fall far behind someone in a competitive situation. North American informal
1993 Fiddlehead She let everybody know she was moving on to True Love and they could eat her dust.
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Everyone thinks it's going to be like Little Britain with Marjorie Dawes telling them to eat dust but it's not like that at all," he said.
Join Marjorie Dawes' Fat Fighters and eat dust for a week.
During a room inspection he forced eight young recruits to variously eat dust, candle wax, boot polish and string, the military court heard.
During a room inspection, he conducted at Sir John Moore Barracks, Winchester, on July 25 last year, Broome forced eight young recruits to variously eat dust, candle wax, boot polish and string, the military court heard.
Christopher Broome, 37, pleaded guilty at a court martial to forcing young soldiers to eat dust, grass, string and plastic.
Marjorie, who runs the fat fighters' slimming group in the award-winning BBC comedy, has become an icon of nutritional ignorance, urging her charges to eat dust to lose weight.