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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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 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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

gobble up

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
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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Unfortunately the puppies rushed in and gobbled up all the eggs before he could stop them.
Whatever little fault they might find with the dishes, they sat at dinner a prodigiously long while; and it would really have made you ashamed to see how they swilled down the liquor and gobbled up the food.
In their sty, moreover, they behaved more piggishly than the pigs that had been born so; for they bit and snorted at one another, put their feet in the trough, and gobbled up their victuals in a ridiculous hurry; and, when there was nothing more to be had, they made a great pile of themselves among some unclean straw, and fell fast asleep.
However, the effects of the long layoff were clearly evident as Mike Nzeusseu, who finished the game with 12 points but gobbled up just four boards, and the Marcelino twins, who combined for just 10 points while totaling five turnovers, were off their game.
High ups of police department were quiet on the issue of Mehboob Ahmad, SHO Lohi Bheer, allegedly backing Nawaz Khan, Jinnah Garden, who has also gobbled up the all assets of three hundred employee.
multinational computer storage company has so far gobbled up 12 Israeli start-ups.
Its latest outrageous failure is to allow the Red Dragon Radio, the national flag-carrying station in the capital city to be gobbled up by Capital Radio.
The crowds that had gobbled up the freebies the day before paid happily and the products sold out again.
Summary: A suspected bank robber may have eaten evidence when he gobbled up a piece of paper, US police have said.
Yet several models maintain that stars have gobbled up 30 to 40 percent of the initial allotment.
A giant, floppy-eared bunny--the size of a dog!--snuck into their vegetable gardens and gobbled up their turnips and carrots.
At a time when sites in Manhattan are being gobbled up by developers keen to erect residential properties on them, the $5.5 million sale of 520-28 West 27th Street clearly bucks that trend.
name in phenolics) gobbled up Vyncolit of Belgium, which not so long ago bought Rogers Corp.
But Telefonica and its Mexican rival Telefonos de Mexico haven't gobbled up everything in the region.
At the same time the industry is experiencing a period of unparalleled consolidation at all levels--from storage consolidating within the Enterprise, to smaller storage companies gobbled up by larger ones, to corporate giants acquiring other giants, some larger than themselves.