eat your heart out
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eat (one's) heart out
1. To feel great sadness. I feel just awful for Mary—she's been eating her heart out ever since she found out she was rejected by her top-choice school.
2. To be very jealous. In this usage, the phrase is often said as an imperative and sometimes mentions a famous person (when the speaker comically claims to be more talented than that person). Eat your heart out—I got tickets to the concert and you didn't! Look at how well I dance now—Gene Kelly, eat your heart out!
eat your heart outINFORMAL
COMMON If you say eat your heart out and mention the name of a famous person, you mean that you or someone else has just done the thing that person is famous for very well or to a great degree. In the following examples, James Bond is a character in action movies, and Robbie Williams is a pop singer. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. We just managed to overtake the bus, and smashed through the gate just as it was being closed. James Bond eat your heart out, I say. He's already amassed a £60 million fortune after selling more than 40 million albums worldwide — eat your heart out, Robbie Williams! Note: This idea is an old one - the Greek philosopher Pythagoras is said to have used the saying `do not eat your heart out', meaning `do not waste your life worrying'. Compare with your heart out.
eat your heart out1 suffer from excessive longing, especially for someone or something unattainable. 2 used to indicate that you think someone will feel great jealousy or regret about something.
2 1997 Christina Reid Clowns Wait'll you see my new frock. Joan Collins eat your heart out.