One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he paused only to gobble down his lunch’
eat greedily, eat hungrily, guzzle, bolt, gulp, swallow hurriedly, devour, wolf, cram, gorge on, gorge oneself on, gorge oneself
informal tuck into, pack away, put away, demolish, polish off, scoff, scoff down, down, stuff, stuff down, murder, shovel down, stuff one's face, stuff one's face with, pig oneself, pig oneself on, nosh
British informal gollop, shift
Northern Irish informal gorb
North American informal scarf, scarf down, scarf up, snarf, snarf down, snarf up
rare gluttonize, gourmandize, ingurgitate
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