ˌeat sth ˈup

ˌeat sth ˈup
phrasal verb
to use large amounts of your available time or money
Having children eats up a lot of a family's income.[/ex]

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  • eat — W1S1 [i:t] v past tense ate [et, eıt US eıt] past participle eaten [ˈi:tn] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(food)¦ 2¦(meal)¦ 3 eat your words 4 eat your heart out 5 eat somebody alive/eat somebody for breakfast 6¦(use)¦ 7 eat humble pie …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • eat — /i:t/ verb past tense ate /et,eIt/ past participle eaten 1 FOOD a) (I, T) to put food in your mouth and swallow it: Vegetarians don t eat meat. | something to eat (=some food): Would you like something to eat? | eat like a bird (=eat very little) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • eat*/*/*/ — [iːt] (past tense ate [et] ; [eɪt] ; past participle eaten [ˈiːt(ə)n] ) verb 1) [I/T] to put food into your mouth and swallow it Did you eat your sandwich?[/ex] My sister doesn t eat meat, but she eats fish.[/ex] Don t talk while you re… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • eat up — verb 1. finish eating all the food on one s plate or on the table (Freq. 2) She polished off the remaining potatoes • Syn: ↑finish, ↑polish off • Hypernyms: ↑eat • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • eat your heart out (for somebody) — eat your ˈheart out (for sb/sth) idiom (especially BrE) to feel very unhappy, especially because you want sb/sth you cannot have • I m not going to mope at home, eating my heart out for some man. Main entry: ↑eatidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • eat your heart out (for something) — eat your ˈheart out (for sb/sth) idiom (especially BrE) to feel very unhappy, especially because you want sb/sth you cannot have • I m not going to mope at home, eating my heart out for some man. Main entry: ↑eatidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • eat something away — ˌeat sthaˈway derived to reduce or destroy sth gradually Syn: ↑erode • The coastline is being eaten away year by year. Main entry: ↑eatderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • eat — verb ADVERB ▪ well ▪ We ate very well most of the time (= had lots of nice food). ▪ a lot, enough, too much ▪ He s not eating enough …   Collocations dictionary

  • ˌeat ˈinto sth — phrasal verb to use up more of your time and money than you intended The cost of new computer systems is eating into our profits.[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • break with sb/sth phrasal — verb (T) 1 to leave a group of people or an organization, especially because you have had a disagreement with them: break with sb/sth over sth: Powell broke with the Conservative Party over Europe. 2 break with tradition/the past to stop… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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