eat something up

eat up

1. verb To eat, especially to completely finish one's food. A noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "up." Often used as an imperative. Kim may be tiny, but she has a big appetite and will eat up anything you put in front of her. We've got to leave soon, kids, so eat up. Eat your vegetables up if you want to grow up strong.
2. verb To bite one excessively, as of insects. A noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "up." If you're outside at dusk, the mosquitos will eat you up.
3. verb To take or require a lot of some resource. A noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "up." I'm in a poor financial state because my hospital bills have eaten up so much of my money.
4. verb To believe unquestioningly that something is true. A noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "up." I told them that I like this stupid school, and they totally ate it up—I guess I'm a pretty good actress.
5. verb To thoroughly enjoy something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "up." The baby just eats up everyone's love and affection.
6. verb To continually bother or worry someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "up." The precarious state of my finances has really begun to eat me up. I'm worried that your critical comments have begun to eat Tiffany up—she seems very subdued these days.
7. verb To overwhelm and/or easily defeat one due to being more aggressive, powerful, etc. A noun or pronoun can be used between "eat" and "up." Our team isn't very good, and I'm worried that the competition at this level will eat us up.
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eat something up

1. tv. to consume something rapidly, such as food or money. Running this household eats my income up.
2. tv. to believe something. Those people really eat that stuff up about tax reduction.
3. tv. to appreciate something. The stuff about the federal budget went over well. They really ate up the whole story.
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