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Difference between Eat away and Eat out

eat awayeat continuously; eat as much as one likes:

  • Be prepared to spend at least two hours chatting and eating away, relishing every minute of Fran’s delicious German cooking.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase eat away from home—have one’s meals in cafeterias, etc.

rather than at home:

  • When eating away from home, people eat either larger quantities or higher calorie foods.

eat outeat in a restaurant, etc. instead of at home:

  • Sometimes eating out can be cheaper than buying a weeks worth of groceries.

Cf.: eat in—eat or dine at home:

  • I would certainly recommend the hotel to people who prefer to eat in and cook for themselves.