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.
See also: alive, eat

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.
See also: alive, eat, somebody

eat (someone) alive

Slang
To overwhelm or defeat thoroughly: an inexperienced manager who was eaten alive in a competitive corporate environment.
See also: alive, eat
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The EC would eat us alive if we did things their way.
If we don't get more help from the West, Gaddafi's forces will eat us alive," rebel fighter Nouh Musmari told Reuters.
In this game, the public is especially important but since every game has its end, sooner or later, this one will end as well and we will know the result: Whether we will eat roots or be saved by those that will eat us alive.
The banker associations would eat us alive, and it would be impossible to defend our tax-exemption.
We also need ball retention, but we can't just push the ball to the wings all the time because they will eat us alive.
Though our illness is a secret we carry wrapped in unspoken dread, or our regret for past errors threatens to eat us alive, we share these and all the contents of our hearts with the God who brought the world's salvation out of the horror of the Crucifixion itself.
We could "pad" our rates so we cover any additional costs, but the competitive market place would eat us alive.
But that does not mean they are going to eat us alive.
My first reaction was that it was a big can of worms that could eat us alive.
A little later the big boys themselves were going to eat us alive by expanding into the small client market.
Even from the sound alone, it seemed like the wind wanted to eat us alive," said Juvy Tanio, assistant of Mayor Michelle Rabat of Mati City in Davao Oriental.