Definition of eat something up in English:

eat something up

phrasal verb

  • 1Use resources or time in very large quantities.

    ‘an operating system that eats up 200Mb of disk space’
    • ‘The administrative resources of voluntary organizations are eaten up by site visits from auditors, sometimes different teams from the same department who have no knowledge of the other's visit.’
    • ‘You're saying that anti-war voices can't get on cable TV, because so much air time is eaten up by administration officials?’
    • ‘Bad inheritance planning can mean your legacy is eaten up by probate taxes, solicitor's fees and charges.’
    • ‘But we moved in a budget year where we hadn't planned to move, so there were problems with the cost of moving and renovations, and any surplus was eaten up by the old space.’
    • ‘Smith said much of his small budget is eaten up with weed control on the 140 hectares of wild space.’
    • ‘I had intended to do some work on the book, sort out my buildings insurance and washing machine repair cover, but somehow the day has been eaten up with other things.’
    • ‘All of the city's loose change for the next three years will be eaten up by the police.’
    • ‘Also, because of the requirements of the shelters, a good portion of each day is eaten up when getting processed.’
    • ‘The problem is that he fears his profits will be eaten up by the taxman unless his spending increases with his earning.’
    • ‘Advance purchase is advised - otherwise, your savings will be eaten up.’
    1. 1.1 Encroach on something.
      ‘villagers fear that the countryside will be eaten up by concrete’
      • ‘In 1699, he asked Louvois to compensate a poor man with eight children whose land had been eaten up by the citadel of Pinerolo.’
      • ‘He whispered it again - war is coming - and then slipped off like a shadow does when darkness eats it up.’
      • ‘Now so much of it is eaten up by concrete, and the rest has become a slum.’
      • ‘With more and more ground being eaten up by multi-storey buildings, green space is fast sinking in the city.’
      • ‘Nearly all the reclaimed land made available by the construction of the Aswan Dam has been eaten up by insatiable urban sprawl.’
      • ‘With many of the old roadside spaces eaten up by development, there was a move towards the towns.’