eat (someone or something) alive
Definition of eat (someone or something) alive
1 of insects : to bite (someone or something) many times The mosquitoes were eating us alive.
2 : to badly defeat or harm someone or something Their competitors are going to eat them alive if they don't cut their prices. If this story gets out, the press will eat him alive.
Word by Word Definitions
: to take in through the mouth as food : ingest, chew, and swallow in turn
: to destroy, consume, or waste by or as if by eating
: to bear the expense of : take a loss on
: something to eat : food
: some person : somebody
: some indeterminate or unspecified thing
: a person or thing of consequence
: one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different
: in some degree : somewhat
: used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective
: having life : not dead or inanimate
: still in existence, force, or operation : active
: still active in competition with a chance of victory
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