Overwhelm or defeat someone thoroughly, make short work of someone. For example, Lacking experience in manufacturing, he was eaten alive by his competitors. This slangy hyperbole dates from the early 1900s. A newer slangy variant is eat someone’s lunch, dating from the mid-1900s. For example, It was a decisive victory; he ate the incumbent’s lunch.
- Eat someone out
verb phrase see: eat out , def. 2.
- Eat someone up
see: eat out , def. 2.
- Eat the carpet
verb phrase To be obsequious; truckle: ”Eat the carpet” is what endangered nominees do at confirmation hearings to make amends: They crawl (1990s+)
abbreviation 1. Uganda (international car registration) n. French for “water,” from Old French eue (12c.), from Latin aqua (see aqua-). In various combinations such as eau de vie “brandy” (1748), literally “water of life;” eau de toilette (1907). For eau de Cologne see cologne. Uganda (international vehicle ID)