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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EAT OUT

I think, on the whole, I prefer to be a 'roomer' and 'eat out.'

She did not know how to sit at table, and would only eat out of a trough.

He would not eat out of their hands, but he took all that Jackson gave him.

It will eat out the life of a nation as it does the heart of an individual.

Each child had a spoon and four of us eat out of one trough.

The child could not even swallow a morsel, though she tried to eat out of obedience.

By "green" we mean not fully ripe, not ripe enough to eat out of hand.

God knows why she should eat out her heart to go back—but she wants it.

One of them got so tamed that he used to eat out of my hand.

I don't know what we will eat out of when you get all these dishes broken.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English etan (class V strong verb; past tense æt, past participle eten) "to eat, devour, consume," from Proto-Germanic *etanan (cf. Old Frisian ita, Old Saxon etan, Middle Dutch eten, Dutch eten, Old High German ezzan, German essen, Old Norse eta, Gothic itan), from PIE root *ed- "to eat" (see edible).

Transferred sense of "slow, gradual corrosion or destruction" is from 1550s. Meaning "to preoccupy, engross" (as in what's eating you?) first recorded 1893. Slang sexual sense of "do cunnilingus on" is first recorded 1927. Eat out "dine away from home" is from 1933. The slang phrase to eat one's words is from 1570s; to eat one's heart out is from 1590s; for eat one's hat, see hat.

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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.