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blacknomi

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Dear teachers,

"Nooooo", Evan says in a tone of mock exaspearation mixed with giggles. He becomes downright giddy as one volunteer uses "magic" to make a light buld go on and off in her hand.

"How do you keep doing that?" Evan asks with a big grin. From the corner of his room. Evan's mother starts to smile too.

"He's just eating this up." She says quietly.


"Eating this up" means Evan believes in magic. Is that right?
 

RonBee

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"He's just eating this up" or "He's eating it up" means he is enjoying it a great deal.

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Question 1"Eat one's heart out" means someone suffers from sorrow or grief. Examples in my idiom book are something about breaking up.

1. She has been eating her heart out over that jerk ever since he ran away with Tracy.
2. Don't eat your heart out! You didn't like him that much, did you?

Can I apply this phrase to refer to funeral affairs? Say, Don't eat your heart out. Time heals. :?


Question 2"Eat one's heart out" means to suffer from envy or jealousy.
1. Yeah, this one's all mine. Eat your heart out.
2. Eat your heart out! I won it fair and square.

I don't get it. Could you provide me with comprehensible examples as in a real conversation?
 

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As far as I know, "eat your heart out" has only to do with envy. Example:
  • Ron: Eat your heart out, Tdol. You'll never catch me. :wink:
    Tdol: :cry:

:wink:
 
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