A drill that ate away at the rock; exorbitant expenses that were eating into profits.
What's eating him?
Moths ate holes in our sweaters.
What's eating him?
Waves that ate away the beach; an acid that eats the surface of a machine part.
An example of to eat is having a breakfast of eggs and toast.
An example of eat used as a verb is to say that something eats up time meaning it takes a lot of time.
The acid ate holes in the cloth.
To eat oneself sick.
A plant that eats insects; a cell that eats bacteria.
A bird that eats insects, fruit, and seeds; started eating less red meat on advice from my doctor.
What time do we eat this evening?
The soup that eats like a meal.
It’s a special order, so we can’t send it back; if the customer won’t accept it, we’ll have to eat the forty tons of steel ourselves.
I have to have him in court tomorrow, if he doesn't show up, I forfeit the bond and I have to eat the $300,000 – From the movie Midnight Run.
The VHS recorder just ate the tape and won't spit it out.
John is late for the meeting because the photocopier ate his report.
No! There's a problem with the cassette player. Don't press fast forward or it eats the tape! - Bruce Willis in the movie The Last Boy Scout.
The video game in the corner just ate my quarter.
Hey! This stupid [soda vending] machine ate my quarter. - From the movie Slap Shot.
- To be forced to accept a humiliating defeat.
- To feel bitter anguish or grief.
- To be consumed by jealousy.
- To retract something that one has said.
- To be manipulated or dominated by another.
- To overwhelm or defeat thoroughly:An inexperienced manager who was eaten alive in a competitive corporate environment.
- to retract something said earlier
- to have a meal in a restaurant
- to rebuke; reprimand
- to consume all of
- to respond to with avid, uncritical interest or delight
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of eat
- Middle English eten from Old English etan ed- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English eten, from Old English etan (“to eat”), from Proto-Germanic *etaną (“to eat”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ed- (“to eat”). Cognate with Scots aet (“to eat”), West Frisian ite, Low German eten (“to eat”), Dutch eten (“to eat”), German essen (“to eat”), Swedish äta (“to eat”), Danish æde (“to eat”), and more distantly with Latin edō (“eat”, verb), Ancient Greek ἔδω (edō), Russian есть (jest', “to eat”), and Lithuanian ėsti.