feed (up)on (someone or something)

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feed (up)on (someone or something)

Literally, to eat or consume something for sustenance. Ugh, as soon as I go outside, I feel like the mosquitos are just feeding on me!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

feed (up)on someone or something

to eat someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) They say that some Bengal tigers feed upon people. They feed on anything that moves.
See also: feed, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

feed on

To be nourished or sustained by something. Used especially of animals: Pigs feed on corn husks.
See also: feed, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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to its author and Dracula is a novel about an arch-consumer, the vampire, who feeds upon middle-class women and then turns them into vampires by forcing them to feed upon him. (12) </pre> <p>Beyond his blood lust, Dracula is a symbol of a dying, that is, bankrupt, aristocracy, and in Stoker's novel he hoards gold, refusing to allow it to circulate freely back into society where his wealth would "transfuse" a burgeoning middle-class economy.