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gobble down

To eat something very quickly and eagerly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gobble" and "down." Now that the baby is eating solid food, she just gobbles down anything we put in front of her.
See also: down, gobble

gobble up

1. To eat something in its entirety very quickly and eagerly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gobble" and "up." Now that the baby is eating solid food, she just gobbles up anything we put in front of her.
2. To use or deplete something quickly and in its entirety. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gobble" and "up." Developers have gobbled up all of the least expensive homes in our neighborhood, unfortunately.
See also: gobble, up

gobble someone or something up

to eat someone or something completely and rapidly. The wolf said that he was going to gobble the little girl up. The wolf wanted to gobble up the little pig.
See also: gobble, up

gobble something down

to eat something very fast, swallowing large chunks. The dog gobbled the meat down in seconds. The cat gobbled down the sardines.
See also: down, gobble

gobble something up

to use up, buy up, or occupy all of something. The shoppers gobbled all the sale merchandise up in a few hours. They gobbled up everything.
See also: gobble, up

gobble down

v.
To eat something completely and in haste, especially by swallowing large amounts at a time: The family gobbled down the peach pie. I was so hungry that when they gave me food, I gobbled it down.
See also: down, gobble

gobble up

v.
To eat something completely and in haste: We gobbled up our meal and left for the theater. The babysitter grabbed the brownies and gobbled them up.
See also: gobble, up
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The turkey I'd initially began working gobbled again, but it was obvious he'd changed direction.
Proposition L had been put together by a coalition of artists and nonprofit organizations to stem the disappearance of affordable work spaces in San Francisco, which have been gobbled up in large part by Internet companies.
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The never-completed Belmont Learning Center, for example, has already gobbled up $309 million.
With the help of a dye that marks fat droplets in living worms, the scientists monitored the fat storage of worms as they gobbled up the various E.
He gobbled and we sat patiently waiting for his next response.
My 14-year-old daughter gobbled this up in an evening.
One could be gobbled up by the loser of the Aaron Sele-Ramon Ortiz rotation scramble.
The turkeys began to walk the limbs, slowly waking, and after a bit the near one gobbled, looked around, then gobbled again.
Impreso is a company that makes many different types of paper and has gobbled up much of its competition in recent years.
In the minutes that followed, he gobbled frantically to the sounds of every crow, a dog barking in the valley and to the sounds of a distant gunshot.
Members of the group - teens from Santa Clarita Valley high schools - were among those who gobbled up 420 tacos and raised more than $11,000 to send their volunteer staff to a National Youth Workers Convention in St.
But critics say the Red Line remains a subway to nowhere, a hole in the ground that gobbled up precious transportation dollars with huge cost overruns, lawsuits and overambitious promises that weren't delivered.
Boren gobbled up about three cups of the slippery noodles without using his hands in less than a minute.