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    Eat all the world up

    Hello,

    What I need to help with is:

    "And her eyes, man; they are-they are-" he exploded.
    "Marvellous?" I suggested.
    "No. They are grey-"
    "Eat all the world up," I interpolated.
    But he went on, ignoring my suggestion.

    W.H.Hodgson, The Girl with the Grey Eyes, 1913

    Does the sentence Eat all the world up mean an ironical surprise on the part of the guy who was listening to his friend raving about his girlfriends eyes (something like, Oh, you donīt say so ...)?

    Thanks a lot for help

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    Re: Eat all the world up

    No, he's still offering suggestions as how to define the woman's eyes.

    "Eat all the world up" is suggesting she has large pretty eyes that you can get lost in. So figuratively large that they could consume the entire world. It could also mean that she has inquisitive or devouring eyes.

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