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(as) hungry as a bear

Very hungry. Hey, when is dinner going to be ready? I'm hungry as a bear! Working outside all afternoon made me hungry as a bear. I'm glad I packed some food with me! Do you mind if we stop for lunch soon? I'm getting hungry as a bear.
See also: bear, hungry

(as) hungry as a hog

Very hungry. Hey, when is dinner going to be ready? I'm as hungry as a hog over here! Working outside all afternoon made me hungry as a hog. I'm glad I packed some food with me! Do you mind if we stop for lunch soon? I'm getting hungry as a hog.
See also: hog, hungry

(as) hungry as a hunter

Very hungry. Hey, when is dinner going to be ready? I'm hungry as a hunter! Working outside all afternoon made me hungry as a hunter. I'm glad I packed some food with me! Do you mind if we stop for lunch soon? I'm getting hungry as a hunter.
See also: hungry, hunter

a hungry belly has no ears

proverb Someone who is hungry cannot focus on anything but their hunger. A: "I'm sorry, I know you're trying to talk to me, but I really need to get something to eat first." B: "Oh, sure. I know that a hungry belly has no ears." Don't bother talking to the kids until after dinner because hungry bellies have no ears. Come back later—I just started lunch, and a hungry belly has no ears, let me tell you!
See also: belly, ear, hungry, no

a hungry man is an angry man

proverb Hunger can cause people to be volatile. A hungry man is an angry man, so it's really in your best interest to let your workers have an adequate lunch break. I know I was supposed to leave for the airport earlier, but I had to eat something first. A hungry man is an angry man, and I don't want to be feeling that way in the security line! I think the boss will be more receptive to your ideas if you come back after he's finished lunch. A hungry man is an angry man, after all.
See also: an, angry, hungry, man

be (as) hungry as a hog

To be very hungry. Hey, when is dinner going to be ready? I'm hungry as a hog! I'm hungry as a hog after working outside all afternoon. I'm glad I packed some food with me!
See also: hog, hungry

be hungry like the wolf

To feel a strong desire to engage in sexual activity. We've gotta go out and pick up some chicks tonight, man. I'm hungry like the wolf!
See also: hungry, like, wolf

be so hungry (that) (one) could eat a horse

To be ravenously hungry. When will dinner be ready? I'm so hungry I could eat a horse. We were so hungry after our hike that we could have eaten a horse!
See also: could, eat, horse, hungry

go hungry

To feel hungry as a result of not eating. This is your only option for dinner, kids—eat it, or go hungry. So many people in our area go hungry—that's why we organized this food drive.
See also: go, hungry

hungry for (something)

1. Literally, having a strong appetite for a particular kind of food. Want to stop at McDonald's? I'm hungry for some of their fries. I gave you a giant helping of pasta—how on earth are you hungry for more?
2. Having an intense desire to achieve something. If she's not hungry for a gold medal, there's no way she'll be able to beat her fellow competitors. If you want to win, then you've got to be hungry for victory!
3. Having an intense desire to obtain or receive something. Their fans were all so hungry for new information about the upcoming sequel. I was constantly trying to perform in front of my friends and family when I was a kid. I guess I was just hungry for attention.
See also: for, hungry

hungry like the wolf

Feeling a strong desire to engage in sexual activity. We've gotta go out and pick up some chicks tonight, man. I'm hungry like the wolf!
See also: hungry, like, wolf

so hungry (that) I could eat a horse

Ravenously hungry. When will dinner be ready? I'm so hungry I could eat a horse. That hike left me so hungry that I could have eaten a horse!
See also: could, eat, horse, hungry

stay hungry

To remain determined, competitive, motivated, and active in one's hopes, ambitions, or goals; to keep oneself from becoming complacent or self-satisfied with less than one might potentially achieve. You've got a lot of skill, kid, and you're one of the best fighters in the city—but you've got to stay hungry and never lose sight of the biggest prizes out there! It was hard staying hungry after finding such success with my first novel. I just found I wasn't as driven to write when I'd already garnered so much praise and recognition.
See also: hungry, stay

the hungries

slang A bout of hunger. Trail mix is the tried-and-true snack for hikers when they need to ward off the hungries mid-hike. Sorry for being so grumpy. I've got the hungries pretty bad.
See also: hungry
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

go hungry

to miss a meal and end up hungry. The kids were late for dinner so they had to go hungry.
See also: go, hungry

*hungry as a bear

 and *hungry as a hunter
Cliché very hungry. (*Also: as ~.) I'm as hungry as a bear. I could eat anything! We'd better have a big meal ready by the time Tommy gets home; he's always hungry as a hunter after soccer practice.
See also: bear, hungry

hungry for something

Fig. desiring something, often something other than food. The orphan was hungry for the warmth of a family. Bill has become hungry for knowledge and is always studying.
See also: for, hungry
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

the hungries

n. hunger. I get the hungries about this time every day.
See also: hungry

hungry

1. mod. eager to make money. When he gets hungry for wealth, he’ll get busy.
2. mod. ambitious. He gets ahead because he’s hungry.
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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