To gobble up
Gobble Gob"ble, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gobbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gobbling}.] [Freq. of 2d gob.] [1913 Webster] 1. To swallow or eat greedily or hastily; to gulp. [1913 Webster]

Supper gobbled up in haste. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

2. To utter (a sound) like a turkey cock. [1913 Webster]

He . . . gobbles out a note of self-approbation. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

{To gobble up}, to capture in a mass or in masses; to capture suddenly. [Slang] [1913 Webster]


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  • gobble up — 1) PHRASAL VERB If an organization gobbles up a smaller organization, it takes control of it or destroys it. [V P n (not pron)] Banc One of Ohio has built an empire in the mid west by gobbling up smaller banks. [Also V n P] 2) PHRASAL VERB To… …   English dictionary

  • gobble up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms gobble up : present tense I/you/we/they gobble up he/she/it gobbles up present participle gobbling up past tense gobbled up past participle gobbled up informal 1) to use a lot of something very quickly The… …   English dictionary

  • gobble up — verb to consume something rapidly …   Wiktionary

  • Gobble — Gob ble, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gobbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gobbling}.] [Freq. of 2d gob.] [1913 Webster] 1. To swallow or eat greedily or hastily; to gulp. [1913 Webster] Supper gobbled up in haste. Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. To utter (a sound) like… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gobble — gob|ble [ gabl ] verb 1. ) gobble or gobble down or gobble up intransitive or transitive to eat something quickly and often noisily 2. ) intransitive to make the sound made by a TURKEY ,gobble up phrasal verb transitive INFORMAL 1. ) to use a lot …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gobble — gob|ble [ˈgɔbəl US ˈga: ] v informal [Sense: 1; Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Probably from gob] [Sense: 2; Date: 1600 1700; Origin: From the sound] 1.) also gobble up/down [I and T] to eat something very quickly, especially in an impolite or ↑greedy… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gobble — UK [ˈɡɒb(ə)l] / US [ˈɡɑb(ə)l] verb Word forms gobble : present tense I/you/we/they gobble he/she/it gobbles present participle gobbling past tense gobbled past participle gobbled 1) gobble or gobble down or gobble up [transitive] to eat something …   English dictionary

  • gobble — verb informal 1 (I, T) also gobble up to eat something very quickly or in a way people do not consider polite: Don t gobble your food! 2 (T) also gobble up to finish a supply of something quickly: Inflation has gobbled up our wage increases. 3… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • gobble — Synonyms and related words: ablate, absorb, assimilate, batten, bleed white, bolt, bolt down, bring to ruin, burn up, cackle, call, carol, caw, chatter, cheep, chirk, chirp, chirr, chirrup, chitter, chuck, clack, cluck, cock a doodle doo, condemn …   Moby Thesaurus

  • gobble — gobble1 [gäb′əl] n. [echoic, var. of GABBLE] the characteristic throaty sound made by a male turkey vi. gobbled, gobbling to make this sound gobble2 [gäb′əl] vt., vi. gobbled, gobbling [prob. freq. formation on base of OFr …   English World dictionary

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