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eating

Meaning: annoying, bothering, upsetting

For example:

  • We could tell that something was eating her, but she wouldn't say what it was.

  • Debbie leaned over and whispered in my ear, "Penny doesn't look too happy. What's eatin' her, I wonder."

Note: Almost always used in the phrase "What's eating him?", or variations thereof.

Quick Quiz:

Someone might say "What's eating Sam?" if Sam looks
  1. thin
  2. upset
  3. tired

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