(one) won't eat (someone)

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(one) won't eat (someone)

Someone has no reason to be afraid of one; someone should not be shy about approaching or talking to one. Don't worry, child, I won't eat you. I just wanted to give you a message to pass along to your father. This is your Uncle Jack, son. Well, go on and shake his hand, he won't eat you.
See also: eat

he, she, etc. won’t ˈeat you

(informal) said to encourage somebody to speak to or approach somebody who seems frightening: Come on, Emma, Santa Claus won’t eat you! If you go closer, he’ll give you a present!
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"He won't eat any treats you offer him unless it's like a game: you have to roll them to you or do something, otherwise he won't eat them.
When I ask parents to give a new healthy food to their children, the first answer I usually get is: 'but he doesn't like it' or 'he won't eat it'.
Mark won't eat a red vegetable unless it's on spaghetti or pizza, and he won't eat squash.
It's got to the stage where he won't eat anything else."
He won't eat in the school cafeteria, or even sit on a couch in his therapist's office, for fear of germs.
SIX-YEAR-OLD Nicholas Pitcher is known as the Dairylea Kid because he won't eat anything else.
His droppings seem normal - is it a problem that he won't eat hay?
He has specific requirements for any ladies in his life - they must live within a five-mile radius, and he won't eat on a date.
Andy, an electrician (though how he finds the time between meals to joint a few cables beats me) says he won't eat turkey again "until we have real scientific evidence that it is safe to do so".
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