eat (something) off

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eat (something) off

To erode or wear something away. A very corrosive substance must have eaten off this part of the pipe.
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eat something off (of) something

 and eat something off
to erode something off a larger part. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The acidic rain ate the finish off the steeple. The acid ate off the finish.
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References in classic literature ?
The upper half of each turnip had been eaten off by the live-stock, and it was the business of the two women to grub up the lower or earthy half of the root with a hooked fork called a hacker, that it might be eaten also.
While most of the dead dog's skull and neck was eaten off, another one's tail too was bitten off.
The strays were believed to have eaten off a plate of cat food placed next to a bin in the villa community a day before they took ill and died.
Is food less of an indulgence if it's not Iranian Beluga caviar eaten off the back of one's hand?
It doesn't seem to matter that he's eaten off the plates or used the cups and it appears it doesn't matter that he's worn most of the clothes in the laundry basket!
It doesn't seem to matter that he's eaten off the plates or used the cups and it appears that it doesn't matter that he's worn most of the clothes in the laundry basket!
It definitely was "the best thing we have ever eaten off a paper plate."
"There is nothing better than French food, preferably to be had with a French man - or eaten off him" - Tara Newley, daughter of Joan Collins.
Modern junk food - the stuff that is actually making people fat - is not designed to be eaten off a plate, at a table, with cutlery.
At the Meat Co restaurant, there used to be a plate he had eaten off on the wall, when his name was up there alongside the likes of Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.
Planning councillors in Blyth Valley are being recommended to refuse an application from Blyth's Scaramangas restaurant to remove a condition of the original planning permission blocking the sale of hot food to be eaten off premises.
From what was expected of the Edwardian host and their guests to the excess of the Prince of Wales' picnic menu including lobster and rice pudding eaten off Wedgwood and the army of servants needed to keep the household running.
No chance of any bugs in there, you could have eaten off the floor.
Although most fast food is eaten off premise and much of it is consumed in cars, it isn't consumed without mess and hassle.
I WANTED to use my holly to decorate the house but all the berries have been eaten off it!