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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Eat.
 
To eat humble pie. (See HUMBLE PIE.)   1
   To eat one out of house and home. To eat so much that one will have to part with house and home in order to pay for it.   2
   To eat one’s words. To retract in a humiliating manner; to unsay what you have said; to eat your own lick.   3
   To eat the mad cow. A French phrase, implying that a person is reduced to the very last extremity, and is willing to eat even a cow that has died of madness; glad to eat cat’s meat.
        “Il mangea de cette chose inexprimable qu’on appelle de la vache enragee.”—Victor Hugo: Les Miserables.
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   To eat the leek. (See LEEK.)   5
   To eat well. To have a good appetite. But “It eats well” means that what is eaten is agreeable or flavorous. To “eat badly” is to eat without appetite or too little; not pleasant to the taste.   6
 


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