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Difference between Eat one’s heart out and Eat your heart out

eat one’s heart out—be unhappy and miserable, usually for a long period of time:

  • Raleigh, in prison, was eating his heart out in the desire for freedom.

eat your heart out—(humorous) is used to say that one is even better than the (famous) person mentioned:

  • Choi Min-sik gives what I think is the greatest performance ever, so eat your heart out De Niro, Brando, and Pauly Shore.