eat alive
phrasal to defeat, conquer, or overwhelm completely ; crush <
was eaten alive by the competition
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • eat alive — eat (you) alive 1. to cause you to suffer. Without my own lawyer, the defendants lawyers would have eaten me alive in court. The state income tax is just eating me alive, so I think I may move. 2. to bite you repeatedly. The only bad thing about… …   New idioms dictionary

  • eat alive — eat (someone) alive to criticize someone very angrily. If we get our facts wrong we ll be eaten alive by the press …   New idioms dictionary

  • eat alive — phrasal : to defeat, conquer, or overwhelm completely : crush * * * eat (someone or something) alive see ↑eat • • • Main Entry: ↑alive eat (someone or something) alive 1 of insects : to bite (someone or something) many times The mosquitoe …   Useful english dictionary

  • eat — [ it ] (past tense ate [ eıt ] ; past participle eat|en [ itn ] ) verb intransitive or transitive *** to put food into your mouth and swallow it: We sat on the grass and ate our sandwiches. Don t talk while you re eating. I ve eaten too much.… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • eat someone or something alive — eat (someone or something) alive see ↑eat • • • Main Entry: ↑alive eat (someone or something) alive 1 of insects : to bite (someone or something) many times The mosquitoes were eating us alive. [=we were being bitten frequently by many… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 you alive — eat (you) alive 1. to cause you to suffer. Without my own lawyer, the defendants lawyers would have eaten me alive in court. The state income tax is just eating me alive, so I think I may move. 2. to bite you repeatedly. The only bad thing about… …   New idioms dictionary

  • eat someone alive — If you eat someone alive, you defeat or beat them comprehensively …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Eat a Bowl of Tea (novel) — Eat a Bowl of Tea published in 1961, was the first Chinese American novel actually set in Chinese America. Its honest portrayal of New York s Chinatown after World War II made Eat a Bowl of Tea a classic in Asian American literature.The story… …   Wikipedia

  • eat someone alive — eat (someone) alive to criticize someone very angrily. If we get our facts wrong we ll be eaten alive by the press …   New idioms dictionary

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