eat out

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transitive verb

: to consume the herbage from especially to excess
the marsh was badly eaten out by muskrats
slang : to reprimand (a person) severely

intransitive verb

: to eat away from home, especially at a restaurant
we usually eat out on Thursdays


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plural -s
: an area of marsh denuded of vegetation by the feeding of an excessive population (as of muskrats or waterfowl)

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“Eat out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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