What was less visible to outsiders, though, were the termites that were eating away at the foundation of this new state.
A soft south wind was blowing, eating away the remaining patches of snow; the sky was full of fleecy clouds.
Here it rests for a time, eating away at the best it can find.
Even Silver, eating away, with Captain Flint upon his shoulder, had not a word of blame for their reck208lessness.
Rouletabille was eating away now at strange viands that it would have been difficult for him to name.
Inch by inch it was eating away a board walk which led to a pier and a boat tied to it.
Already they were eating away the foundations of every generous feeling he had ever known.
The disease, eating away his life, had diminished that revolt against death which is in the healthy flesh of every man.
Into this crack the heavy rain of the night had swept, eating away the last puny tie which held the two parts together.
But all the guests, inasmuch as they were eating away from home, had to be more particular.
Old English etan (class V strong verb; past tense æt, past participle eten) "to eat, devour, consume," from Proto-Germanic *etanan (cf. Old Frisian ita, Old Saxon etan, Middle Dutch eten, Dutch eten, Old High German ezzan, German essen, Old Norse eta, Gothic itan), from PIE root *ed- "to eat" (see edible).
Transferred sense of "slow, gradual corrosion or destruction" is from 1550s. Meaning "to preoccupy, engross" (as in what's eating you?) first recorded 1893. Slang sexual sense of "do cunnilingus on" is first recorded 1927. Eat out "dine away from home" is from 1933. The slang phrase to eat one's words is from 1570s; to eat one's heart out is from 1590s; for eat one's hat, see hat.
v. ate (āt), eat·en (ēt'n), eat·ing, eats
To take into the body by the mouth for digestion or absorption.
To consume, ravage, or destroy by or as if by ingesting, such as by a disease.