(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!
See also: eat
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So if a rabbit has sore teeth, they won't eat their poo!
They'll get what they are given, and if they won't eat it, they go hungry.
There is hybrid corn in the scratch feed that I bought for them and they won't eat it.
"Facilities say ethnic foods are too expensive, but unless residents are acculturated, they won't eat much [non-ethnic] food.
A further consideration: Mealtime is one of the highlights of the day for the residents, but because they don't really have big appetites, they won't eat the food if they don't like it.
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