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eat up (2)

Meaning: If something eats up your time or money, you spend a lot of time or money on it.

Synonym: consume

For example:

  • 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.

Quick Quiz:

If a company's expenses eat up most of its income, it can expect to make
  1. a big profit
  2. a small profit
  3. a big loss

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