obsolete To gobble or gulp something down with rapacious hunger. Used by Shakespeare in the play Measure for Measure. So every scope by the immoderate use / Turns to restraint. Our natures do pursue, / Like rats that ravin down their proper bane, / A thirsty evil; and when we drink we die.
See also: down
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