(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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She won't eat anything, and she cries all the time.
I won't eat more than I can help, and I know you love your old master too much to eat more than YOU can help, don't you, Peg?
PDSA vet IAN FLEMING answers your questions MY rescue rabbit Tigger won't eat hay.
Gazzy Ainsworth My five-year-old will eat anything healthy and hates takeaways and McDonald's whereas my eldest loves rubbish food and won't eat any of the food I prepare saying am a rubbish cook.
He won't eat any treats you offer him unless it's like a game: you have to roll them to you or do something, otherwise he won't eat them.
Mostly it's the notion that people say, 'I won't eat a slice of cake - I'm a better person'.
Here's your food, which you won't eat because you are nauseous, and now you are averse to that particular food.
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When I ask parents to give a new healthy food to their children, the first answer I usually get is: 'but he doesn't like it' or 'he won't eat it'.
I think that there are many, many consumers who won't eat salad or vegetables with dinner if they're not washed and ready to go," says Marge Perry, award-winning food journalist, chef-instructor at New York's Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), author of the blog "A Sweet and Savory Life," and "Ask the Expert" columnist for Myrecipes.
They'll get what they are given, and if they won't eat it, they go hungry.
Among other things, soldiers won't eat, smoke in public.
KITCHEN sex-pot Nigella Lawson has revealed her own children won't eat her food.
Most of those who prefer smooth can't stand and won't eat chunky and vice versa.