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    seeking the negative connotation for this idion

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    Default Re: Eat your lunch for you

    This sugests that it is a variant of 'eat someone alive':
    http://www.answers.com/eat+your+lunch&r=67

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    Default Re: Eat your lunch for you

    Quote Originally Posted by MW
    seeking the negative connotation for this idion
    I think it means to do everything for someone.

    Having cooked a meal you might say 'I suppose you want me to eat it for you?'

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    Default Re: Eat your lunch for you

    This comes from the movie Wall Street

    Remember your school bully who would eat your lunch?

    I think it means take away something from you.

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    Default Re: Eat your lunch for you

    In the Wall Street context, it would appear to mean 'take from'.

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    Default Re: Eat your lunch for you

    In the Wall Street context, it's a threat that legally doesn't imply exact consequences (thus not necessarily physical). Remember...

    GEKKO (on phone)
    ... what the hell is going on? I
    just saw 200,000 shares move, are
    we part of it? We better be, pal,
    or I'm gonna eat your lunch for
    you... get on 1.

    The real message here, however, is a death threat, albeit exagerated. He won't need to eat his lunch when he's dead, so Gekko's going to eat it for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaMan View Post
    In the Wall Street context, it's a threat that legally doesn't imply exact consequences (thus not necessarily physical). Remember...

    GEKKO (on phone)
    ... what the hell is going on? I
    just saw 200,000 shares move, are
    we part of it? We better be, pal,
    or I'm gonna eat your lunch for
    you... get on 1.

    The real message here, however, is a death threat, albeit exagerated. He won't need to eat his lunch when he's dead, so Gekko's going to eat it for him.
    I don't see a death threat there.

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    Default Re: Eat your lunch for you

    Or maybe its been misquoted:

    'Eat you for lunch" would be a threat

    "Eat your lunch for you" more like a sarcastic expression implying you can't even do that for yourself

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