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