eat up (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb 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

a. a big profit

b. a small profit

c. a big loss

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