eat someone out of house and home

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Etymology[edit]

Coined by the English playwright William Shakespeare (1564 (baptised) – 1616) in his play Henry IV, Part 2 (c. 1596–1599): see the quotation.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Verb[edit]

eat (someone) out of house and home

  1. (idiomatic) To consume so much of someone's store of food that little or none is left for the owner.

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