Eating and Drinking

Eating and Drinking



  1. Ate as if there were a hidden thing inside him, a creature of all jaws with an infinite trailing ribbon of gut —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  2. Ate like a cart-horse —H. E. Bates
  3. Ate like a famished wolf —Louisa May Alcott
  4. Ate like a trucker —Jonathan Kellerman
  5. Ate silently like two starving peasants —James Crumley
  6. Ate slowly, thoughtfully, as if fixing the taste of each spoonful in her mind —Paule Marshall
  7. Bit off an end of it [a candy bar] like a man biting off a chew from a plug —Peter De Vries
  8. The bread slices collapsed like movie-set walls beneath her bite —Tom Robbins
  9. odd little spasms, as if seeking a tooth that wouldn’t hurt —Paul Horgan
  10. Chews his granola like a Clydesdale —Ira Wood
  11. Chomping popcorn [in a movie theatre] like their upper teeth are mad at their lower —Tonita S. Gardner, It’s All a Matter of Luck, 1986
  12. Diets, like clothes, should be tailored to you —Joan Rivers
  13. Down poured the wine like oil on a blazing fire —Charles Dickens
  14. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper —Anon

    See Also: ADVICE

  15. Eating [voraciously] … like a blowfly on a shit pile —Steve Heller
  16. Eating like three men —Louis Adamic
  17. Eating quickly and silently, like a bunch of taxi drivers eager to get back to the job —Daphne Merkin
  18. Eating quickly and abstractedly, like a man whose habits of life have made food less an indulgence than a necessity —Elizabeth Bowen
  19. Eat like wolves —William Shakespeare
  20. Eats like a well man and drinks like a sick —Benjamin Franklin
  21. Eats … like stolen fruit —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  22. Gulped the tea and felt it like sleep in her body —Frank Tuohy
  23. He’s like a camel as far as serious liquid refreshment is concerned —Iris Murdoch

    See Also: DRINKING

  24. Lap up the gravy just like pigs in a trough —Lewis Carroll
  25. Mouth moving as rapidly as the treadle on Granny’s sewing machine —William H. Gass
  26. Nibble … in quick little bites like a squirrel with a nut —George Garrett
  27. Sip [a drink] … as though he tasted martinis for a living —Sue Grafton
  28. (He had) stuffed as full as an egg —Anon English ballad, “The Cork”
  29. Swallowed it [a small sandwich] like a communion wafer —T. Coraghessan Boyle
Eating and Drinking 
References in classic literature ?
There is a difference between eating and drinking for strength and from mere gluttony.
John Knightley, that in spite of maternal solicitude for the immediate enjoyment of her little ones, and for their having instantly all the liberty and attendance, all the eating and drinking, and sleeping and playing, which they could possibly wish for, without the smallest delay, the children were never allowed to be long a disturbance to him, either in themselves or in any restless attendance on them.
Wragge (lulled by the narcotic influence of annotating circulars, and eating and drinking with an appetite sharpened by the captain's absence) withdrew to an arm-chair, and fell asleep in an attitude which would have caused her husband the acutest mental suffering; seven o'clock struck; the shadows of the summer evening lengthened stealthily on the gray pavement and the brown house-walls -- and still the closed door opposite remained shut; still the one window open showed nothing but the black blank of the room inside, lifeless and changeless as if that room had been a tomb.
Just eating and drinking, nothing more, but so much!
We then fell to eating and drinking, and though we had nothing but our ordinary repast of honey and dried flesh, thought we never had regaled more pleasantly in our lives.
What say you to resting a space and eating and drinking good health with me.
So I drifted for three days, eating and drinking sparingly, and meditating upon all that had happened to me,--not desiring very greatly then to see men again.
I always was fond of eating and drinking, even as a child--especially eating, in those early days.
At that moment there was something so ridiculous to my mind at the idea of eating and drinking diamonds, that I began to laugh outrageously, an example which the others followed, without knowing why.
The wonder is how they, how you and I, can live this slimy, beastly life, eating and drinking.
Would it not be better to begin higher up,--to serve the ideal before they eat and drink; to serve the ideal in eating and drinking, in drawing the breath, and in the functions of life?
There is a great quantity of eating and drinking, making love and jilting, laughing and the contrary, smoking, cheating, fighting, dancing and fiddling; there are bullies pushing about, bucks ogling the women, knaves picking pockets, policemen on the look-out, quacks (OTHER quacks, plague take them