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1. To eat a meal outside of one's home, as at a restaurant. The meal can be specified between "eat" and "out." Let's eat out tonight—I don't feel like cooking. We can't eat lunch out every single day—do you know how much that would cost?
2. To eat the inner part of something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "out." Ugh, it looks like bugs have eaten out all of the tomatoes in my garden.
3. To criticize one harshly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "out." The teacher will eat you out if you come in without your homework again today.
4. vulgar slang To perform cunnilingus on a woman. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "out."
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
eat (a meal) outand dine out
to eat a meal at a restaurant. I like to eat a meal out every now and then. Yes, it's good to eat out and try different kinds of food. It costs a lot of money to dine out often.
eat something out
1. . to eat some kind of meal or a particular food away from home, as at a restaurant. We eat fish out, but we don't cook it at home. We may eat out a meal or two, but certainly not every meal.
2. [for something or an animal] to consume the inside of something. The ants ate the inside of the pumpkin out. The ants ate out the pumpkin.
to eat a meal away from home, as at a restaurant. I just love to eat out every now and then. Let's eat out tonight. I'm tired.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Have a meal outside one's home, usually at a restaurant. For example, We're almost out of groceries, so let's eat out tonight. [Second half of 1900s] For the antonym, see eat in.
2. eat someone out Also, eat someone up. Rebuke or scold someone sharply, as in He was always eating out the kids, or Why are you eating me up? I haven't done anything wrong. This slangy synonym for chew out probably originated as a euphemism for eat someone's ass out. It dates from the 1940s, the variant from the 1840s. Also see the subsequent entries beginning with eat out.
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.
1. To eat at a restaurant or away from one's home: I'm tired of cooking; let's eat out tonight.
2. Vulgar Slang To perform cunnilingus on someone.
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.