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graze

1. To eat small amounts of food over a period of time, usually instead of full meals. I've been grazing all day, so I'm not very hungry right now.
2. To eat a variety of foods in small quantities at one time, instead of a full meal. I'm not too hungry, I think I'll just graze at the party.
3. To touch or scrape one without causing significant injury. Often said of gunshot wounds. You're so lucky the bullet only grazed your shoulder—a few inches lower, and you would have been in big trouble.

graze against (someone or something)

To lightly touch or brush against someone or something. The room was so crowded that I ended up grazing against a bunch of people on my way to the refreshment table. The feather grazed against my neck and made me shiver.
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graze on (something)

1. Of animals, to eat the greens or vegetables in a particular area or location. I put up a fence to try to keep the deer from grazing on my land.
2. Of animals, to eat something in particular. I put up a fence to try to keep the deer from grazing on the vegetables in my garden.
3. Of people, to eat small amounts of food over a period of time, usually instead of full meals. I've been grazing on snacks all day, so I'm not very hungry right now.
4. Of people, to eat a variety of foods in small quantities at one time, instead of a full meal. I'm not too hungry, I think I'll just graze on some snacks at the party.
See also: graze, on
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

graze against someone or something

to brush or scrape against someone or something. The car grazed against the side of the truck. I grazed against an old man as I was jogging this morning.
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graze on something

 
1. [for animals] to browse or forage in a particular location. The cattle are grazing on the neighbor's land. I wish they wouldn't graze on other people's land.
2. [for animals] to browse or forage, eating something in particular. The deer are grazing on my carrots! The cows were grazing on the meadow grasses for weeks.
See also: graze, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

graze

and browse
in. to eat a bit of everything at parties. We will just graze on party snacks rather than eat a full meal. I think I’ll just browse here and skip going out to dinner.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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To fulfill that need as we rotate our animals through their paddocks, were focused on letting the animals graze only the top third of the plant--the highest-energy portion.
Don't panic--just give your herd a bigger area to graze the next day.
Put cattle into the pasture when the grass is four-to-six inches tall and let them graze until they eat it down to about three inches.
On the morning of November 29th last year, during a graze of Spica in Japan, 194 contacts were timed by graze watchers at 47 stations in five separate expeditions.
Central graze will occur on the theoretical dark side ("smooth-Moon" approximation) but so close to the bright cusp that some events during the latter part of the graze will be against sunlit mountains - not a major problem with a star as bright as Spica.
Unpreventable trampling during the daily two-hour graze is a problem during wet weather, but the RG planting rate of 50 PPA moderates the damage satisfactorily.