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eat (one's) young

To neglect, betray, or harshly criticize members of a group that are of a lower status or position. The more experienced nursing staff has been accused of eating their young, treating trainees and new nurses with sometimes intolerable contempt. As the business crumbled, the CEOs and members of management began eating their young out of desperation, indiscriminately firing anyone who had less than five years' experience in the company.
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My mother was a voodoo, my father was a snake; I live upon lions' hearts and the entrails of the panther; I eat young babies for breakfast and the demons of the jungle are my slaves.
They eat young plants and newly sprouted paddy--often devouring the whole crop.
CHEAT & EAT Young's Simply Steam Meals, PS3, Tesco PS3, Tesco The problem with microwave meals is they don't have the same texture as traditionally cooked meals - think lasagne without the crispy top, or baked potatoes without a fluffy inside.
Some people like to eat young, tender horseradish leaves in salads and such.
"Cook and eat young tender shoots, whole young leaves, and leaflets of older leaves like spinach," Hargrave recommends.
He was told he faced life in jail and had served 21 months before a judge overturned his conviction for a plot to kidnap, kill and eat young women because he believed it was just "role-play".
"However newly-planted trees cannot survive in these locations without protection from farm animals, who like to eat young trees, so fencing is needed to protect the trees too.
Since clownfish use smell to stay safe, the scientists then exposed baby fish in high-CO2 water to bigger fish that eat young clownfish.
Cook it like spinach - stems, leaves and stalks, or eat young in salad.
"The wallabies are one of the factors as they can eat young tree saplings and this influences the regeneration of the woodlands.
SWIM WITH THE DEVIL While Foster looked for missing females, Lauren Pintor and Soluk were investigating a question that might have seemed--at first--like a no-brainer: Were crayfish that eat young Hinds emerald larvae bad for the long-term survival of the endangered species?
Bullfrogs, great blue herons and muskrats also will eat young turtles.
After harvesting buds, you can peel, steam, and eat young, tender parts