(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?'
Vegetarians say we should not eat meat, well, veggies won't eat grass.
Who cares what people think?" Award-winning actress Emily Blunt "I won't eat anything I can't spell or wouldn't tread in" Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman "It's a bit harder to get pregnant when you're older.
BRIAN replies: Most cats won't eat much dog food because they don't like it.
And he says that if Zidane has spoken to the Red Devils chief - as suggested in some reports - then "I won't eat one rat, I'll eat two."
Jains won't eat root vegetables because when they're pulled up out of the ground, tiny organisms might die.
Snakeback's flipping flapjacks, but Mama won't eat.
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.
Emily Arnold McCully's PETE WON'T EAT (9780823428531, $14.95) tells the unusual story of a little pig who won't eat - not even his Mother's special treat.
eo Is n I'm now eating normally again most of the time, but if I'm not in a good mood I won't eat that day.
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'.