eat up (2)
Meaning: If something eats up your time or money, you spend a lot of time or money on it.Synonym: consume
- eat up sth The recent trade deficit ate up nearly all our country's foreign reserves.
- eat sth up Having a hobby like running marathons eats nearly all my free time up.
- being eat up Our profits are being eaten up by the rising costs of oil.
If a company's expenses eat up most of its income, it can expect to make