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obsolete Overweight and of greasy complexion. Used by the character Falstaff in Shakespeare's Henry IV, referring to the "bacon-fed knaves" whom he is about to rob. Those slovenly, bacon-fed men who feed their faces till near bursting fill me with disgust.

feed the fishes

slang To drown. Primarily heard in UK. We've got a search party out there right now, but I'm getting more and more worried about some of our guys feeding the fishes. If you can't swim, it's only a matter of time till you feed the fishes!
See also: feed, Fishes

be fed up to the back teeth

slang To be bored or annoyed with a persistent issue. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I'm fed up to the back teeth with this weather—will it ever stop raining? We're all fed up to the back teeth with your constant complaining, Marge!
See also: back, fed, teeth, up

be spoon-fed

1. Literally, to have food inserted into one's mouth by another person. My mother had to be spoon-fed for a while after her stroke. No, my daughter is off the bottle now—she's spoon-fed.
2. By extension, to be helped excessively by someone else (usually to the recipient's detriment). Those students are lazy because they are always spoon-fed the answers by their teacher. The actress got so flustered in front of the camera that she had to be spoon-fed her lines. How unprofessional!

fed up (with someone or something)

Irritated, exasperated, bored, or disgusted with someone or something. I'm getting really fed up listening to all your complaining! My wife is fed up with our car, but we just can't afford a new one.
See also: fed, up

feed (one) a line

1. To tell an actor what to say. In this usage, the phrase is often used in the plural ("feed one one's lines"). I'm sorry, I can't remember a word of this scene—can someone please feed me my lines?
2. To speak deceptively to someone. Don't feed me a line, tell me the truth—what's the real reason you missed my party?
See also: feed, line

*fed up (to some degree) (with someone or something)

bored or disgusted with someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; become ~.) I am fed up to my eyeballs with your complaining. I am just fed up to here!
See also: fed, up

I'm (really) fed up (with someone or something).

Fig. I have had enough of someone or something. Something must be done. Tom: This place is really dull. John: Yeah. I'm fed up with it. I'm out of here! Sally: Can't you do anything right? Bill: I'm really fed up with your complaining! You're always picking on me!
See also: fed, up

fed to the gills

Also, fed to the teeth; fed up. Disgusted, unable or unwilling to put up with something. For example, I'm fed to the gills with these delays (the gills here is slang for "mouth"), or He was fed to the teeth with her excuses, or I'm fed up-let's leave right now. Of these colloquial expressions, fed up, alluding to being overfull from having overeaten, dates from about 1900, and the others from the first half of the 1900s. Also see up to one's ears.
See also: fed, gill

fed up to the back teeth


sick to the back teeth

If you are fed up to the back teeth with something or sick to the back teeth with it, you are very annoyed or bored by it because it has been happening for a long time. The public are fed up to the back teeth with the bad behaviour of a tiny minority of fans. It is clear that Sharon is sick to the back teeth with questions about her private life.
See also: back, fed, teeth, up

fed up to the teeth (or back teeth)

extremely annoyed.
See also: fed, teeth, up

feed the fishes

1 be dead from drowning. 2 vomit over the side of a boat. informal
See also: feed, Fishes

ˌfed up to the back ˈteeth with somebody/something

(also ˌsick to the back ˈteeth of somebody/something) (informal) depressed, annoyed or bored by somebody/something: I’m fed up to the back teeth with listening to you complaining.She’s always playing the same CD, and I’m sick to the back teeth of it!


1. and the feds n. a federal agent concerned with narcotics, tax collection, customs, etc. Some fed was prowling around asking questions about you.
2. and The Fed n. the Federal Reserve Board. (Colloquial. Usually Fed. Always with the in this sense.) The Fed is not likely to raise interest rates very soon again.

the feds

See fed
See also: fed

The Fed

See fed
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