eat (one) alive

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eat (one) alive

1. To bite one excessively, as of insects. If you're out here at dusk, the mosquitos will eat you alive.
2. To overwhelm and/or easily defeat one due to being more aggressive, powerful, etc. Our team isn't very good, and I'm worried that the competition at this level will eat us alive. Lena is so meek, I worry about her moving to the city. They're going to eat her alive.
3. To criticize one harshly. The teacher will eat you alive if you come in without your homework again today.
4. To cause one significant physical or emotional pain. Even though it's been a while, I think memories of that accident are still eating him alive.
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eat someone alive

Overwhelm or defeat someone thoroughly, make short work of someone. For example, Lacking experience in manufacturing, he was eaten alive by his competitors. This slangy hyperbole dates from the early 1900s. A newer slangy variant is eat someone's lunch, dating from the mid-1900s. For example, It was a decisive victory; he ate the incumbent's lunch.
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eat someone alive

1. If you say that someone or something will eat you alive, you mean that they will seriously harm or criticize you. If a president does not introduce new measures, he's going to be eaten alive by Wall Street. He was certain Sid would be eaten alive by the hardened criminals at the jail.
2. If something such as an illness or a problem is eating you alive, it is causing you great pain or distress. The pain ate him alive; the world was nothing but fire and pain. I know and she knows that the nursing home is the only solution. But it is eating me alive.
3. If you are eaten alive by insects, you are repeatedly bitten by them. We've been sleeping on the floor; we have no water. It's been easily 100, 125 degrees. We've been eaten alive by bugs. `Can we go out?' — `Outside? The mosquitoes will eat us alive.'
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eat someone alive

1 (of insects) bite someone many times. 2 exploit someone's weakness ruthlessly. informal
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eat somebody aˈlive

(informal)
1 (also have/eat somebody for ˈbreakfast) criticize or punish somebody severely because you are extremely angry with them
2 (also have/eat somebody for ˈbreakfast) defeat somebody completely in an argument, a competition, etc: The defence lawyers are going to eat you alive tomorrow.The union leader eats managers for breakfast!
3 (usually used in the passive) (of insects, etc.) bite somebody many times: I was being eaten alive by mosquitoes.
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eat (someone) alive

Slang
To overwhelm or defeat thoroughly: an inexperienced manager who was eaten alive in a competitive corporate environment.
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References in classic literature ?
I took them all in my right hand, put five of them into my coat-pocket; and as to the sixth, I made a countenance as if I would eat him alive. The poor man squalled terribly, and the colonel and his officers were in much pain, especially when they saw me take out my penknife: but I soon put them out of fear; for, looking mildly, and immediately cutting the strings he was bound with, I set him gently on the ground, and away he ran.
Migori governor Okoth Obado has urged Kenyans to pray for him, saying "there is a crocodile out to eat him alive".
'David has to be real accurate with that sling because if he will be off his aim, Goliath will eat him alive,' he added.
I'LL EAT HIM ALIVE Tiger's Bay man Carl Frampton lets out roar at weigh-in in New York yesterday CARL FRAMPTON has vowed to become a two-weight world champion tonight at the Barclays Center in New York.
Mourinho would eat him alive if he really is this easy to wind up, and I fancy Arsene Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini will have also spotted how simple it is to get under his skin.
They did not eat him alive, but he did fall victim to the town's feud.
We are aware that besides Montgomerie himself, the other elephant in the room is the cold statistic that during a great career Monty never won a Major championship, and until he accepts that fact then ill-concealed envy will continue to eat him alive.
I think he will eat him alive," Nancy Langley, 58, who had been undecided before attending a Newt Gingrich campaign stop.
London, Dec 11 (ANI): A public relations expert has warned that the scandal surrounding professional golfer Tiger Woods has caused a tide of resentment that could eat him alive.
When the media threatens to eat him alive for his behaviour, Joe goes on the offensive by attending ballet lessons with his little girl, where he strikes up a friendship with fiery-tempered teacher Monique Vasquez (Roselyn Sanchez).
When the media threatens to eat him alive for his bad parenting, Joe goes on the offensive by attending ballet lessons with his little girl, where he strikes up a friendship with fiery-tempered teacher Monique Vasquez (Sanchez).
"And Demi has teased Ashton that Susan would eat him alive. The idea is a cocktail party at home in Los Angeles, the highlight being Susan singing."
He quipped that he would eat him alive when it comes to the crunch.
WATER skier Darren Blake was nursing a badly mauled foot yesterday after a massive pike tried to eat him alive.
A LITTLE boy who was savaged by an Alsatian dog told yesterday how he feared it was going to eat him alive