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devour -- as in: devoured three sandwiches
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as in: devoured three sandwiches Define
eat rapidly and completely -- usually due to being very hungry
  • The lions devoured the antelope.
  • She devoured everything on her plate in less than two minutes and asked for more.
  • The bread we had brought from Buna had long since been devoured.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • She found Odysseus in the thick of slaughtered corpses,
    splattered with bloody filth like a lion that’s devoured
    some ox of the field and lopes home, covered with blood,
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • But he could not save them from disaster, hard as he strove—
    the recklessness of their own ways destroyed them all,
    the blind fools, they devoured the cattle of the Sun
    and the Sungod wiped from sight the day of their return.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • and you will find a world of pain at home,
    crude, arrogant men devouring all your goods,
    courting your noble wife, offering gifts to win her.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • So, Cyclops, no weak coward it was whose crew
    you bent to devour there in your vaulted cave—
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • See to your feasting elsewhere,
    devour your own possessions, house to house by turns.
    But if you decide the fare is better, richer here,
    destroying one man’s goods and going scot-free,
    all right then, carve away!
     But I’ll cry out to the everlasting gods in hopes
    that Zeus will pay you back with a vengeance—all of you
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • His son searched him, took the bread, and began to devour it.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • he knocked them dead like pups—
    their brains gushed out all over, soaked the floor—
    and ripping them limb from limb to fix his meal
    he bolted them down like a mountain-lion, left no scrap,
    devoured entrails, flesh and bones, marrow and all!
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • How can you hope for any public fame at all?
    You who disgrace, devour a great man’s house and home!
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • No, at their royal ease they devour all his goods,
    those brazen rascals never spare a scrap!
    Not a day or a night goes by, sent down by Zeus,
    but they butcher victims, never stopping at one or two,
    and drain his wine as if there’s no tomorrow—
    swilling the last drop .
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • a flighty, weak-willed boy these days.
    You’ll waste time, roaming around our holdings,
    probing the fieldhands man by man, while the suitors
    sit at ease in our house, devouring all our goods—
    those brazen rascals never spare a scrap!
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
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as in: devoured three sandwiches Define
eat rapidly and completely -- usually due to being very hungry
as in: devours crime novels Define
to read, listen, or watch with eager interest
as in: devoured by flames Define
to consume or destroy completely
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