EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EAT UP
I can't keep the horse stan'in' here till he's all eat up with flies.
Let Johnston attack them; they would 'eat him up' as they meant to eat up the whole of Masailand.
It leaped forward and began to "eat up the road," as Tom expressed it.
I wonder if he's been frozen to death or eat up by polar bears, or what.
People would only say: ‘Over yonder they eat up everything they have.’
Enough to eat up in a single dinner all brother Halfdan's cows.
Two young men have arrived and have been helping us to eat up the picnic.
Dey all got eat up by de shark, or dey go down straight to de bottom.
And, me, too, for I'm as hungry as the she bear that eat up the children.
It always hung what it could not eat up on the sides of the cage.
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.