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Language tip of the week: eat

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This week’s language tip helps with other ways of saying eat:

have breakfast/lunch/dinner to eat a particular meal:
Have you had breakfast yet? ♦ He phoned while we were having lunch.
have something to eat to eat something or to have a meal:
We’ll stop and have something to eat when we get to Newcastle.
snack/have a snack to eat something small between your main meals:
We usually have a drink and a snack around 11. ♦ No snacking on the bus, kids!
grab a bite (to eat) (informal) to eat a snack or small meal when you do not have much time:
Maybe we could grab a bite at Charlie’s before the film.
eat up to finish all the food you have been given:
Eat up! There’s plenty more.
nibble (at) to take very small bites from your food:
She nibbled at her sandwich politely, waiting for the others to arrive.
chew (on) to use your teeth to break food up slowly in your mouth:
He was chewing on a piece of celery.
munch/munch at to eat something noisily and enthusiastically:
The kids were munching crisps in front of the TV.
stuff yourself (informal) to eat so much that you feel ill or uncomfortable:
I’m not surprised you feel sick, the way you stuffed yourself last night.

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