Expressions using the verb EAT

Hi there! Do you eat like a bird or like a horse? Find out the meanings of expressions using the verb EAT. 

Eat in

If you eat in, you eat at home.

  • I’m not feeling very well, could we please eat in tonight instead of going to that restaurant.

Eat out

If you eat out, you eat in restaurants and cafes.

  • I don’t feel like cooking, what do you think about eating out?

Expressions using the verb EAT

Eat up

If you eat something up, then you eat all of it.

  • If you eat up all the food on your plate, you may go out.
  • Come on! Eat up your soup before it gets cold.

Eat out of someone’s hand

If you eat out of someone’s hand, you completely agree to do what they want.

  • The new assistant is so scared and insecure; he does everything I say.  I’ve got him eating out of my hand. 
  • You should promise children that you’ll take them to the zoo and buy them things and before you know it, they’ll be eating out of your hand.
Expressions using the verb EAT
Expressions using the verb EAT

Eat like a bird

To eat like a bird means to eat very small amounts of food.

  • If you want to lose weight you should go on a sustainable diet not eat like a bird. 
  • No wonder you are so slim – you eat like a bird.

Eat like a horse

This idiom has the opposite meaning; it means to eat a lot.

  • Of course you gained weight – you’re eating like a horse!
  • I’m not sure it’ll do you good to eat like a horse. You should cut down your portions.

Expressions using the verb EAT

Eat your heart out

Use this expression to say that you do something better than a famous person.

  • Look at my girlfriend dancing. Eat your heart out Madonna! 

Eat humble pie

If you eat humble pie, you admit that you made a mistake.

  • When she realised that she was wrong, Adriana ate humble pie and apologised.
  • Even if you don’t like your superiors at work, you have to eat humble pie sometimes.

Expressions using the verb EAT


A dog-eat-dog situation is when people are ready and willing to harm others to succeed in something.

  • It’s a dog-eat-dog world in politics and politicians will do anything to get votes.
  • Unfortunately, we all live in a dog-eat-dog world.

Grab a bite to eat

If you grab a bite to eat, you eat some food which is quick and easy to get.

  • I’m getting hungry. Let’s grab a bite to eat before the meeting.
  • We’re in a hurry and we don’t have time to eat. We’ll grab a bite to eat in town later.
Expressions using the verb EAT
Expressions using the verb EAT

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