[Phrases] What’s Eating You?

Hey guys! Welcome to [Phrases] today!

When something is eating you, it is consuming your thoughts, time, and energy. It makes you unhappy and you suffer from it. This phrase is used to ask someone what’s bothering them or why they are not happy. Let me give you an example:

A: “You seem really upset. What’s eating you?”
B: “My mom told me I cannot go out with you guys because we already have plans.”
A: “That’s ok. There’s always next time.”

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Today, we are going to learn some phrases about “eat”, are you ready? Let’s go!


1. eat like a bird v.s eat like a horse

If you eat like a bird, you always eat a small amount of food; on the contrary, if you eat like a horse, you always eat a lot of food.

He eats like a bird, so there was a ton left.

Joe eats like a horse, so double the recipe.

2. ready-to-eat

(of a meal or food product) prepared or cooked in advance, with no further cooking or preparation required before being eaten

She always buys ready-to-eat food because she doesn’t like cooking.

She bought a bag of washed and ready-to-eat salad for her dinner.

3. a bite to eat

a small or quick meal

Shall we head across the street for a bite to eat?

We had a bite to eat and a couple of drinks before the flight.

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4. eat in v.s eat out

If you consume a meal at home instead of going to a restaurant, you eat in; otherwise, you eat out.

We need to eat in more often.

Let’s eat out tonight.

5. eat one’s words

to admit that something you said before was wrong

Sam said it would never sell, but when he sees these sales figures he’ll have to eat his words.

I said heโ€™d never win, but I had to eat my words.

6. Someone won’t eat you.

a phrase said to encourage somebody to speak to or approach somebody who seems frightening or unfriendly

Go ask her where she’s from, she won’t eat you.

This is your Uncle Jack, son. Well, go on and shake his hand, he won’t eat you.


That’s all for [Phrases] today. Now try to make at least one sentence with the phrases that you like! That will help you to remember them.

Look forward to your comments~

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