eat someone out of house and home

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2

Verb[edit]

eat (someone) out of house and home

  1. (idiomatic) To consume such a portion of one's store of food that little is left for the owner.
    • c. 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2, Act II Scene I
      He hath eaten me out of house and home; he hath put all my substance
      into that fat belly of his: but I will have some of it out again,
      or I will ride thee o' nights like the mare.

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