wolf down

When you eat your breakfast as fast as possible in order to get to school on time, you can say that you wolf down your waffles.

When you engage in this kind of speed eating, you wolf down, or simply "wolf," your food. Imagine a starving wolf finally getting the chance to eat, gulping down its meal as quickly as it can before some other hungry animal comes along. Wolf down was first used in the 1860's, from this sense of "eat like a wolf."

Definitions of wolf down
  1. verb
    eat hastily
    synonyms: wolf
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    type of:
    take in solid food
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