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

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
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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(He co-wrote our latest report.) "With larger companies gobbling up smaller ones, we will eventually look up on, day and find that 99% of all of our news and entertainment will be controlled by only a handfull of companies.
There is also an increase in vocalization (gobbling) and courtship display (strutting) during this time.
He had flown down and commenced to strutting and gobbling in his strut zone.
Williams notes that gobblers prefer to strut in the morning hours, which is when most of the breeding occurs, and this is also the peak gobbling time.
Except for one thing: There was no gobbling. Not one bird gobbled and there was increasing light.
Is he gobbling at crows, hawks, owls and other shock-type calls?
Biologists have been studying gobbling activity and gobbler behavior for decades, and despite their best efforts, they still don't know exactly what influences male wild turkeys and their gobbling behavior.
Large galaxies such as Andromeda and the Milky Way grow in two ways--by gobbling up smaller galaxies and by snaring clouds of hydrogen gas.
Once the spreading seas stopped gobbling up land, river deltas started to form and silly soils covered flood plains.
I tell you that because we were both shocked to hear five or six toms already gobbling on the ridge across the river.
He circled, gobbling furiously, before coming to a halt about 60 yards from Dad and breaking into full strut.
The more gobbling that goes on in a given area, the better the chances that other hunters will move in.
Hearing a gobbling turkey instills the confidence that you're on a bird that wants to die.
In one bizarre radio galaxy, 3C 433, jets and hotspots display such dramatic twists and turns that only a cataclysmic event, such as one galaxy gobbling another, could have produced the changes, she adds.