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    Can I use it in the following sentence

    ''This problem has been wolfing me since I've learned about it" meaning "eating me"?

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    Default Re: wolf figuratively

    ''This problem has been wolfing me since I've learned about it" meaning "eating me"?

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    No. This sense of "wolf" only occurs in phrases like:
    The kids really wolfed down their birthday cake.
    I was so hungry I just wolfed down that burger.

    This problem could, however, be "eating you up" or even "devouring you".

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    Default Re: wolf figuratively

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    ''This problem has been wolfing me since I've learned about it" meaning "eating me"?

    ostap.
    No. This sense of "wolf" only occurs in phrases like:
    The kids really wolfed down their birthday cake.
    I was so hungry I just wolfed down that burger.

    This problem could, however, be "eating you up" or even "devouring you".

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    "Don't wolf down your food so quickly." I guess "so quickly" would be redundant here as it means to eat it very quickly.

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    Default Re: wolf figuratively

    Strictly speaking it is redundant but it wouldn't sound strange.

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