eat salt

eat (one's) salt

To stay at someone's house. I feel bad eating Jim's salt for a week, but his house is closer to the meeting site than any hotel.
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eat someone's salt

Rur. to be someone's guest. The least you can do when you're eating someone's salt is to help them out around the house. That good-for-nothing Jim was flirting with Bill's wife at the same time he was eating Bill's salt.
See also: eat, salt
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After I had begun to eat some I gave some to my man, who seemed very glad of it, and liked it very well; but that which was strangest to him was to see me eat salt with it.
He had a distinct recollection of having once consented to eat salt butter, and he had, moreover, on an occasion of sudden sickness in the house, so far forgotten himself as to carry a coal-scuttle up to the second floor.
Targeting Shivakumar, the BJP MLA had earlier said that 'those who eat salt must drink water', an idiom in Kannada which says 'if you enjoy, then you have to also face the consequences.'
"Not many people realise that the more often you eat salt, the less your tongue can taste it.
Most dogs do not intentionally eat salt or de-icing chemicals, but dogs often lick their paws after a walk.
"I thankfully didn't suffer with any morning sickness and didn't really have any cravings although I liked to eat salt and vinegar crisps.
The main principle for taking care of albinism skin is sun protection and more sun protection and according to Dr Cole-Adeife, the notion that albinos should not eat salt it is a myth.
Rajan also explained that when a loved one dies, they don't eat salt for 12 days.
The judge seemed to believe Sarita Nair's statement as the gospel truth when he also made a cryptic statement that "those who eat salt should drink water".
"Salt was identified as the best medium for delivering iodine because most people have access and eat salt in small quantities every day, enough to achieve the required iodine intake," Ubial said.
The court heard that starving Daniel was forced to scavenge for scraps in bins and was made to eat salt if he was caught taking food.
"It's premature to say: 'You shouldn't eat salt because you'll get an autoimmune disease,'" said one of the study authors, Aviv Regev from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
It is traditional to eat salt, meat and peas on that day.
He added that the Congress may tell people not to eat salt or ban the eating of Amul butter and milk as these were produced in Gujarat.
The prosecution allege he was forced to eat salt by the Gays, who also handled him "inappropriately" by shaking him, or banging his head against a mattress.