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eat into

Meaning: to use up, or reduce the amount of, something of value

For example:

  • eat into sth High fuel costs have been eating into many airlines' profit margins.

  • eat into sth Answering work-related emails is starting to seriously eat into my free time.

Nouns often used as objects with
eat into: savings, profits, income, time, free time

Quick Quiz:

Which of these could eat into the value of your savings?
  1. inflation
  2. low prices
  3. moths

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