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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!
See also: bear, hungry

(as) hungry as a hunter

Very hungry. Hey, when is dinner going to be ready? I'm hungry as a hunter!
See also: hungry, hunter

a hungry belly has no ears

proverb One 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.
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.
See also: angry, hungry, man

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.
2. Having an intense desire to achieve or obtain something. If she's not hungry for a gold medal, there's no way she'll be able to beat her fellow competitors.
See also: for, 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. © 2015 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


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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