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swallow up

1. To eat something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swallow" and "up." Rich is a fine dinner guest—he just swallows up anything I put on the table! I highly doubt that my little dog swallowed a rabbit up.
2. To fully consume or envelope someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swallow" and "up." Can you believe that sinkhole swallowed up three cars?
See also: swallow, up

swallow someone or something up

 
1. Lit. to eat or gobble up someone or something. The fairy-tale wolf threatened to swallow the pig up in one bite. The wolf swallowed up the meat in one bite.
2. Fig. to engulf or contain something. The vast garage seemed to swallow the cars up. The huge sweater swallowed up the tiny child.
See also: swallow, up
References in classic literature ?
So saying, he turned and left them, and they presently saw him running rapidly across the open, through the falling of the dusk, until he was swallowed up by the forest.
Michael Dods's gelding looked sure to be swallowed up in the final two furlongs, but he fought off all challengers having traded at 250.
They will know how quickly pounds 1bn can be swallowed up by management consultants and IT cock-ups ( sadly the biggest drain on NHS funding.
it isn't a good idea to swallow the blue bug or one just might get swallowed up in turn.
Yet another noteworthy group of friends, brought together by Mireille Loup, mounted two different exhibits, one in a trendy home-decoration boutique that swallowed up their work and the other in a neighborhood art school that imposed nothing but the nostalgic sights and smells of its premises.
And far below the canyon rim, all sound is swallowed up by an eerie stillness.
But do you seriously believe bookies will accept huge chunks of their precious profits being swallowed up by the Treasury when they're getting away right now without paying a light?
All the small start-ups in the Voice over IP area have been swallowed up by the larger players in the networking sector, he says, and the same is likely to happen to Ubiquity, he said.
And now that several Fortune 500 companies have moved their corporate headquarters out of Los Angeles or were swallowed up by other companies, most of L.